American Lung Association Dismayed by House Passage of Legislation Putting the Health of Americans At Risk

The U.S. Senate rightly rejected an identical bill that would weaken Clear Air Act

Washington, D.C. (April 7, 2011)

Charles D. Connor, president and CEO of the American Lung Association, released the following statement today in reaction to the vote in the House of Representatives to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to protect Americans from breathing toxic, harmful and life-threatening air pollution.

“The American Lung Association is dismayed by the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 910, a bill by Chairman Fred Upton that would block the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to update clean air standards.

“The bill would strip away sensible Clean Air Act protections that safeguard Americans and their families from toxic air pollution. These regulations are in place because over the past 40 years Congressional leaders of both political parties worked together to protect the lives and health of their constituents. The health and safety of all Americans should transcend political posturing.”

“Chairman Upton’s bill is a reckless and irresponsible attempt to once again put special interests ahead of public health, a maneuver the public is staunchly opposed to. The U.S Senate rejected this bill and the White House has indicated that it would veto it. It is time to move forward with updating emissions standards to protect the public from life-threatening air pollution.”

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