Healthy Air Index Page

  • MEDIA ADVISORY - JUNE 2 TELEPHONE BRIEFING
    June 1, 2014 - President Obama will join the American Lung Association for a telephone briefing to health professionals and public health advocates on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon pollution standards for existing power plants, expected health benefits and opportunities to provide public input.
  • President Obama to Join American Lung Association for Telephone Briefing on EPA’s Carbon Pollution Standards Proposal
    May 30, 2014 - On Monday, June 2, 2014 the American Lung Association will host a telephone briefing with President Obama, national health groups, and health professionals from across the country on the EPA’s proposal of carbon pollution limits from existing power plants, expected health benefits, and opportunities to provide public input.
  • American Lung Association Applauds Court Decision to Uphold Particle Pollution Standard
    May 9, 2014 - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the national air quality standard for particle pollution, sometimes called soot, set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2012.
  • National Climate Assessment Highlights the Need to Protect Communities against Health Impacts of Climate Change
    May 6, 2014 - In response to the third National Climate Assessment released by the Obama Administration today, the American Lung Association released the following statement.
  • American Lung Association “State of the Air 2014” Shows Half the U.S. Lives with Unhealthy Air
    April 30, 2014 - Nearly half of all Americans – more than 147 million – live in counties in the U.S. where ozone or particle pollutions levels make the air unhealthy to breathe, according to the American Lung Association’s “State of the Air 2014” report released today. The 15th annual national report card shows that while the nation overall continued to reduce particle pollution, a pollutant recently found to cause lung cancer, poor air quality remains a significant public health concern and a changing climate threatens to make it harder to protect human health. Especially alarming is that levels of ozone (smog), a powerful respiratory irritant and the most widespread air pollutant, were much worse than in the previous year’s report.
  • Lung Association Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Uphold EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
    April 29, 2014 - In response to the decision released today by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule – a commonsense clean air safeguard that follows the “good neighbor” principle established in the Clean Air Act to cut pollution that blows across the borders of 28 eastern states– the American Lung Association (an intervener in the case) released the following statement.
  • America Lung Association to Release "State of the Air 2014" Report
    April 24, 2014 - The American Lung Association is releasing the results of its 15th annual “State of the Air” report, a national air quality “report card” that grades counties and ranks cities across the nation based on their scores for ozone (sometimes called smog), year-round particle pollution (sometimes called soot) and short-term particle pollution levels.
  • 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.
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