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

American Lung Association in Georgia Hosts Telebriefing in Advance of Atlanta Public Hearing on Toxic Emissions Guidelines

Atlanta, GA (May 23, 2011)


**MEDIA TELEBRIEFING**

WHAT: Days before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) holds a hearing in Atlanta 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:

Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 1 p.m. EDT
*Access a recording of the telebriefing here

WHO:

Janice Nolen, Assistant Vice President, National Policy and Advocacy, American Lung Association
Rebecca Watts Hull, Mothers and Others for Clean Air
Beth Blalock, a Georgia mom who is concerned about her children’s health
Anne Mellinger-Birdsong, MD, MPH, a pediatrician and epidemiologist speaking on behalf of American Academy of Pediatrics, Georgia Chapter

RSVP:

For dial-in information, contact Katlyn Carter at kcarter@mrss.com or 202-478-6176

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, cbullock@mrss.com; 202-431-8355.

American Lung Association in Georgia
Founded to fight tuberculosis, the American Lung Association in Georgia is the lead organization in the state working to improve lung health and prevent lung disease. Lung disease death rates continue to increase while other leading causes of death have declined. The American Lung Association in Georgia funds vital research on lung disease cures, provides education and support programs to both adults and children and advocates for stronger air laws and tobacco prevention and education at the capital.