American Lung Association Welcomes President’s Announcement on New Truck Standards

Statement of the American Lung Association

Washington, D.C. (February 18, 2014)

Ensuring that heavy-duty and medium-duty trucks are the cleanest, most efficient vehicles on the road is an important step to reduce air pollution and protect public health.   Reducing carbon pollution will help lessen the health impacts of climate change including unhealthful ozone smog.

Scientists warn that the buildup of carbon pollution will create warmer temperatures, which will increase the risk of unhealthful ozone levels, because higher temperatures can enhance the conditions for ozone formation. Even with the steps that are in place to reduce ozone pollution, evidence warns that changes in climate are likely to make it harder to control unhealthy ozone levels in the future in large parts of the United States.  Ozone is a powerful respiratory irritant that can trigger asthma attacks, worsen COPD, impair lung function and cause premature death.

The American Lung Association looks forward to working with the administration on this important proposal. 

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