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

American Lung Association in Greater Chicago Hosts Telebriefing in Advance of Chicago Public Hearing on Toxic Emissions Guidelines

Chicago, IL (May 17, 2011)


WHAT: Days before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) holds a hearing in Chicago on proposed toxic air pollution safeguards that would require the cleanup of coal- and oil-fired power plants, the American Lung Association, staff and volunteers, 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 preview expected testimony from experts, a mother of a child with asthma, and provide the public health context with which to consider these hearings.

WHEN: Thursday, May 19, 2011, 11:00 a.m. Central Time

WHO: Peter M. Iwanowicz, Assistant Vice President, American Lung Association
Barbara Ruvarac, Resident of Naperville and parent of a child with asthma
Harold Wimmer, President and CEO, American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest

RSVP: For dial-in information, contact Katlyn Carter at or 202-478-6176

*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 any 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,; 202-431-8355.

About the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago
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