American Lung Association to EPA: Air Pollution Safeguards Vital to Public Health

(May 18, 2011)


WHAT:
Days before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) holds a hearing in Philadelphia on proposed toxic air pollution safeguards that would require the cleanup of Pennsylvania coal- and oil-fired power plants, the American Lung Association will hold a media telebriefing to discuss the health effects associated with air pollution and why it is essential that EPA update standards to reduce pollution and protect health. The telebriefing will provide the public health context with which to consider these hearings and will include a Philadelphia mother whose son died from asthma and who now advocates for clean air protections.

WHEN:
Thursday, May 19
10:30 a.m.

WHO:
-Paul Billings, Vice President, National Policy and Advocacy, American Lung Association

-Angela Davis, Philadelphia mother who lost her son to asthma

CALL INFORMATION: Phone number: (866) 200-6965
Access code: 486761#

*Access a recording of the telebriefing here

 

WHY: A recently released Lung Association report, Toxic Air: The Case for Cleaning Up Coal-fired Power Plants, highlights the range of uncontrolled pollutants from these plants including: toxic metals and metal-like substances such as arsenic and lead; mercury; dioxins; chemicals known or thought to cause cancer, including formaldehyde, and benzene; and acid gases such as hydrogen chloride. The Lung Association strongly supports cleaning up this toxic pollution and firmly opposes attempts to block or delay this lifesaving cleanup.  

For more information on the hearings, happening May 24 & 26 in Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia, contact Cosa Bullock, cbullock@mrss.com; 202-431-8355.

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About the American Lung Association
Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is “Fighting for Air” through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association, a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity and holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.lung.org