Healthy Air Index Page

  • Court Decision Leaves EPA Air Safeguard in Place
    July 20, 2012 - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled today to uphold a clean air standard that limits dangerous intense bursts of sulfur dioxide pollution from power plants, factories, and other sources, rejecting challenges by polluting industries. The standard will prevent thousands of premature deaths, hospital admissions and emergency room visits, and over 50,000 asthma attacks each year.
  • American Lung Association Urges U.S. Senate to Reject Latest House Leadership Attempt to Roll Back Clean Air Protections
    June 21, 2012 - Lung Association urges the US Senate to reject latest attempt to weaken clean air protections.
  • Multimedia Release - American Lung Association Releases "Breathe Smarter" PSA Campaign Featuring New Air Quality Smartphone App
    June 20, 2012 - The American Lung Association released an edgy public service advertising (PSA) campaign featuring provocative television, online and out-of-home components to encourage people to download the charity's new State of the Air® smartphone application, a valuable resource for people living with lung disease like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), people with heart disease or diabetes, as well as older adults and children. This is the first time that a charity has included an app download as the call to action in a nationally distributed PSA.
  • American Lung Association Hails Bipartisan Rejection of Clean Air Rollback
    June 20, 2012 - Today, a strong bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate stood up for the health of our children and rejected attempts by big polluters and their allies in Congress to rollback clean air safeguards that protect the public from toxic air pollution. Senator Jim Inhofe's (R-OK) S.J. Res. 37 was firmly rejected by a 53 to 46 vote of the Senate.
  • In Time for First Day of Summer American Lung Association Offers Free New Air Quality Smartphone App
    June 20, 2012 - As the communities in the Northeast and Midwest brace for unhealthy air pollution levels this week, the American Lung Association launched a free State of the Air® smartphone application to help people monitor whether their air is safe to breathe.
  • More Protective Soot Standard Will Save Lives, Protect Fragile Environments
    June 15, 2012 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally proposed updated clean air standards that will prevent thousands of premature deaths and take steps toward clearing hazy air. The EPA's proposal comes in response to legal action filed on behalf of the American Lung Association and the National Parks Conservation Association by Earthjustice. The groups called upon the EPA to adopt final protections against particle pollution that follow the Clean Air Act's requirements to protect public health and iconic national parks.
  • Lung Association to Congress: Protect Our Kids Health; Don't Weaken the Clean Air Act
    May 17, 2012 - The American Lung Association calls on Congress to reject HR 4471. The bill would block clean air protections that reduce asthma attacks.
  • Groups Seek Faster Schedule for EPA Soot Rule
    May 11, 2012 - The American Lung Association and National Parks Conservation Association today requested the federal court to order the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to comply with the Clean Air Act and complete the overdue review of the air pollution health standard for particulate matter also known as soot.
  • American Lung Association’s Annual State of the Air Report Finds Air Quality Improvements in Nation’s Most Polluted Cities
    April 25, 2012 - The American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2012 report released today finds that in America’s most polluted cities, air quality was at its cleanest since the organization’s annual report began 13 years ago. This year’s report details the trend that standards set under the Clean Air Act to cleanup major air pollution sources—including coal-fired power plants, diesel engines, and SUVs—are working to drastically cut ozone (smog) and particle pollution (soot) from the air we breathe. Despite this progress, unhealthy levels of air pollution still exist and in some parts of the country worsened.
  • Media Alert: America Lung Association to Host State of the Air 2012 Twitter Chat
    April 23, 2012 - The American Lung Association is hosting a Twitter chat with air quality experts who will talk about the results of this year’s State of the Air report. Find out if the air quality in your area is safe to breathe and what can be done to protect your loved ones from the most common air pollutants, ozone (smog) and particle pollution (soot), which can cause serious health problems including asthma attacks, heart attacks, and even premature death.
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