Healthy Air Index Page

  • The Senate Must Reject Lugar Bill Undermines Clean Air Act and other public health protections
    June 9, 2010 - Light,” “low” and “mild” cigarettes will finally be snuffed out on June 22nd – decades after they were introduced by the tobacco companies to deceive the American public and sustain addiction to cigarettes by implying that these products were safer for smokers. As required by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, the tobacco industry will no longer be allowed to manufacture these products on this date, the one year anniversary of the day President Obama signed the law which gave the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) broad new powers to regulate the $89 billion tobacco industry.
  • American Lung Association Applauds New Sulfur Dioxide Health Standard; 'Standard offers the promise of real protection'
    June 3, 2010 - The American Lung Association applauds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the new National Ambient Air Quality Standard for sulfur dioxide, the first strengthening of the limits on this dangerous air pollutant in nearly four decades.
  • American Lung Association Statement on Presidential Memorandum Regarding Vehicle Emission Standards
    May 21, 2010 - Today President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum to push the cleanup of dangerous air pollutants, as well as greenhouse gas emissions, from cars and light duty trucks that threaten the health of tens of millions of Americans including infants, children, seniors and people with asthma and other lung diseases. In addition, the President directed federal agencies to require increased fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions from medium-and heavy-duty trucks. The Memorandum also pushes for increased use of hybrid and electric vehicles.
  • Statement of Charles D. Connor, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Lung Association
    May 12, 2010 - We at the American Lung Association were shocked to read language included in the draft American Power Act introduced today by Senators John Kerry and Joseph Lieberman that would unleash a dangerous process to attack life-saving rules on coal-fired power plants and threaten to permit much more air pollution around the nation.
  • America's Cities Show Success Fighting for Air
    April 28, 2010 - The American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2010 report finds that a decade of cleanup measures to reductions in emissions from coal-fired powered plants and the transition to cleaner diesel fuels and engines have paid off in cutting levels of deadly particle and ozone pollution, especially in eastern and midwestern U.S. cities, including Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, New York City, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Washington, DC/Baltimore, MD.
  • Register Now for Briefing on Annual Report Card on Air Pollution
    April 12, 2010 - The American Lung Association will release the results of its annual State of the Air report during an embargoed virtual press conference to be held via webinar and teleconference at 2:00 PM (EDT) on Tuesday, April 27, 2010.
  • American Lung Association Applauds New Measures to Protect Public Health from Global Shipping Air Pollution
    March 26, 2010 - The American Lung Association applauds the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization for officially designating waters off the North American coasts as an Emission Control Area, as the U.S. had requested. Now, foreign-flagged vessels that sail within 200 nautical miles of the U.S. coast, or dock at U.S. ports, will be required to use dramatically cleaner fuel and emissions control technology. This action will lead to major air quality and health benefits for the millions of Americans who live near major seaports and breathe some of the nation's most dirtiest and dangerous air. In addition, air quality will also improve hundreds of miles inland.
  • Pulmonary Physician Testifies on Capitol Hill for Bi-partisan Clean Air Bill to Save Lives
    March 4, 2010 - To promote the cleanup of power plants and save lives, American Lung Association Board Member Albert A. Rizzo, M.D. will testify before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today, in support of S. 2995 The Clean Air Act Amendments of 2010. This bipartisan legislation strengthens the Clean Air Act by cleaning up sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and mercury from power plants.
  • Will EPA Make the Right Decision on Ozone Smog?
    February 2, 2010 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced their proposal to strengthen the official limits—called the National Ambient Air Quality Standard—for ozone “smog” pollution.
  • Will EPA Make the Right Decision on Ozone Smog?
    February 2, 2010 - Come learn more about why the EPA decided to “do over” the decision they reached in 2008 and now proposes a tighter national air quality standard. Come learn why the stories you are hearing from opponents are wrong.
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