American Lung Association Blasts Latest House Vote Supporting Rollback of Clean Air Protections

Statement of Charles D. Connor, president and CEO of the American Lung Association:

Washington, D.C. (October 14, 2011)

“In the face of yet another veto threat from President Obama, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 2250, which would rollback clean air protections that limit emissions from industrial boilers, process heaters and incinerators. This decision ignores the severe health consequences for all Americans, demonstrating once again, that many in Congress side with big polluters instead of standing up for public health.

“Industrial boilers, process heaters and incinerators comprise the second-largest source of human-caused mercury emissions.  Under the standards proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, emissions of toxics from these sources would be significantly reduced and the updated standards would greatly decrease fine particulate pollution, preventing up to 6,500 premature deaths, 41,000 asthma attacks, more than 4,300 hospital and emergency room visits annually and creating up to $54 billion in human health savings every year.

“The Lung Association urges the Senate to reject H.R. 2250 to protect all Americans from the life-threatening effects of air pollution.”

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