American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific Applauds Governor Brown on Signing Clean Fuels Program into Law
(March 12, 2015)
Salem, Ore.- Communities in Oregon will soon breathe a little easier. Today Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law a bill making the state’s Clean Fuels program permanent. The American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific welcomes today’s action by Governor Brown to move forward with the clean fuels standard as an historic step in the fight against air pollution and climate change. As petroleum fuels are among the largest sources of ozone, carbon and other harmful pollutants, today’s actions in the Legislature send a clear message that the West Coast is leading the way to a healthier future. With these new standards, Oregon joins California and British Columbia in setting the course for a stronger market for healthier, cleaner fuel choices along the West Coast.
“Today’s announcement is a huge win for our lung health and our public health, but more broadly, it’s a win for everyone who enjoys breathing cleaner air,” said Carrie Nyssen, Vice President for Advocacy and Air Quality at the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific. “Getting our state leaders to prioritize clean fuel standards and acknowledge how these changes will benefit our health hasn’t always been easy, but we’re proud to take another step forward today.”
The American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific now looks to Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and Washington’s legislative leaders to strengthen the move towards clean fuels by adopting a program to expand clean air transportation choices for Washington residents and subsequently improve and protect public health.
The Clean Fuels program signed into law today will expand consumer choices in Oregon, provide a fair market for local clean energy businesses, and protect the air for generations to come. Today’s victory inspires us to continue looking forward to making these standards the norm, not the exception. To help endorse a Clean Fuel Standard today, visit: CleanFuelsJobs.org/Endorse
About the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific
The American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific is a non-profit, voluntary public health organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. Our programs focus on the areas of air quality, tobacco prevention and cessation and lung health.
For more information about the American Lung Association in Alaska or to support the work it does, visit www.lungmtpacific.org