American Lung Association Blasts Senator Inhofe’s Attempt to Block Life-saving Standards

Standards for power plant emission of mercury and air toxics are at-risk

Statement of Albert A. Rizzo, MD, National Volunteer Chair of the American Lung Association, and pulmonary and critical care physician in Newark, Delaware

Washington, D.C. (February 16, 2012)

Today, Senator Jim Inhofe announced plans to thwart efforts to protect the health of millions from dangerous toxics emitted by coal and oil-fired power plants. The ink is not yet dry on the standards, but Senator Inhofe has launched an attack against the life-saving protections to reduce power plant mercury and air toxics.

Toxic air pollution from power plants makes people sick, damages children’s brains, triggers asthma attacks and heart attacks, causes cancer and premature deaths. Because of this, in 1990 Congress directed the Environmental Protection Agency to set standards limiting power plant air toxics. These safeguards have been delayed for far too long already. The public cannot wait any longer for these life-saving clean air protections.

The American Lung Association calls on Senator Inhofe to drop the attack on clean air protections and work to reduce the health impacts and costs that pollution causes.

The American Lung Association calls on the U.S. Senate to reject this toxic resolution that would block these life-saving safeguards.


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