American Lung Association: Vote NO on the TRAIN Act – the Single Greatest Roll-Back of Clean Air Protections in U.S. History

Washington, D.C. (September 22, 2011)

Today, in anticipation of the House of Representatives’ votes on H.R. 2401 (the “TRAIN Act”), which would indefinitely delay long overdue safeguards to reduce mercury and other toxics from power plants and would block implementation of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule to curb life-threatening pollution that blows across state lines, Charles D. Connor, President and CEO of the American Lung Association had this to say:

“The TRAIN Act is the single greatest roll-back of Clean Air Act protections in history.

“The Clean Air Act has a proven track record of success, preventing an estimated 160,000 premature deaths last year and reducing avoidable medical visits that drive up health care costs for Americans already struggling to get by in a weak economy. To throw it all away now at the behest of special interests that that spend millions on lawyers and lobbyists to continue to pollute, rather than investing in cleaning up outdated and dangerous equipment, is outrageous. America’s children can’t afford to wait any longer for clean air.

“We urge all members of Congress to vote no on the TRAIN Act and stand up for the health of our children. Those who don’t are standing with big corporate polluters. The Lung Association urges a no vote to send this train back to the station.”