Healthy Air Index Page

  • Lung Association Applauds U.S. Court of Appeals DC Circuit Decision to Uphold Life-Saving Mercury and Air Toxics Standards
    April 15, 2014 - In response to the decision released today by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to uphold the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for Power Plants – a major clean air safeguard that would reduce the harm from hazardous air pollutants including mercury, lead, arsenic and acid gases – the American Lung Association (an intervener in the case) released the following statement.
  • Administration Officials, National Health Organizations Join in “Town Hall” with Health Leaders to Highlight Health Impacts of Air Pollution
    April 9, 2014 - Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh, MD, MPH, joined health leaders from the American Lung Association, American Public Health Association and others in a national “town hall” conversation on the human health impacts of air pollution, including carbon pollution from power plants, and climate change. All agreed that the Clean Air Act has driven significant cleanup of major air pollution sources including vehicles and power plants. Yet, we must do more as a nation to protect the public from the continuing dangers of air pollution.
  • American Lung Association Welcomes New Methane Plan
    March 28, 2014 - We commend the Obama Administration for developing a strategy to curb methane air pollution, particularly from the oil and gas sector. Methane is a potent climate forcing pollutant. Scientists warn that methane contributes to climate change and warmer average temperatures. Rising temperatures increase the risk of unhealthful ozone levels, because higher temperatures can enhance the conditions for ozone formation.
  • Lung Association Urges Senate to Reject Latest House Attempt to Block Clean Air Protections
    March 6, 2014 - The American Lung Association is disappointed that the U.S. House of Representatives passed yet another bill that would block critical clean air protections. By a vote of 229 – 183, the House approved H.R. 3826, sponsored by Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY), which would block important new clean air protections limiting carbon pollution from power plants. The American Lung Association strongly urges the U.S. Senate to reject this bill and its companion S. 1905 sponsored by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV).
  • American Lung Association Applauds New Life-Saving Cleaner Gasoline and Vehicle Standards
    March 3, 2014 - Today the American Lung Association applauded the Obama Administration for issuing the final cleaner gasoline and vehicle standards, also known as the Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Standards. By significantly reducing tailpipe pollution from motor vehicles, as well as sulfur content in gasoline, the national standards will result in cleaner air and improved public health for American communities.
  • American Lung Association Welcomes President’s Announcement on New Truck Standards
    February 18, 2014 - Ensuring that heavy-duty and medium-duty trucks are the cleanest, most efficient vehicles on the road is an important step to reduce air pollution and protect public health. Reducing carbon pollution will help lessen the health impacts of climate change including unhealthful ozone smog.
  • Henry A. Waxman is a True Lung Health Champion
    January 30, 2014 - The American Lung Association thanks Representative Henry A. Waxman for his four decades of championing the lung health of all Americans. Cleaner air, better health and fewer people smoking are just part of his tremendous lung health legacy.
  • EPA needs to end the delay and protect public health from ozone
    January 21, 2014 - Today, the American Lung Association asked a federal court to compel the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to complete the review of the national air quality standards for ozone as required by the Clean Air Act. The longer Americans must wait for the EPA to strengthen the standards, the longer they must breathe air pollution that shortens their lives, worsens lung disease, makes it harder for them to breathe, and threatens cardiovascular harm.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Proposes First New Standards for New Wood Boilers and Furnaces in 25 years
    January 3, 2014 - The American Lung Association welcomes the proposal of new standards for new wood-burning boilers, furnaces and stoves announced today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA set the current standards for wood-burning devices in 1988, years before the first of the landmark studies that demonstrated that particles like those that make up wood smoke can be deadly.
  • Lung Association Appoints Lyndsay Moseley Director for Healthy Air Campaign
    November 4, 2013 - The American Lung Association is pleased to announce that Lyndsay Moseley will lead the organization’s Healthy Air Campaign – a national effort to help protect and uphold the Clean Air Act – as Campaign Director.
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