Public Health Advocates, Concerned Parents, to Testify at EPA Hearing in Atlanta on Air Pollution Safeguards

Atlanta (May 20, 2011)



Thursday, May 26, 2011
9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. EDT

WHAT: Public health experts, the American Lung Association, local medical professionals and concerned parents will testify at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearing Thursday to highlight health effects associated with emissions from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In Georgia alone, there are 10 coal-fired power plants which together burn tens of millions of tons of coal every year. A recently released Lung Association report, Toxic Air: The Case for Cleaning Up Coal-fired Power Plants, highlights the range of uncontrolled pollutants from these plants including: toxic metals and metal-like substances such as arsenic and lead; mercury; dioxins; chemicals known or thought to cause cancer, including formaldehyde, benzene and radioisotopes; and acid gases such as hydrogen chloride.


Janice Nolen, Assistant Vice President, National Policy and Advocacy, American Lung Association
Rebecca Watts Hull, Mothers and Others for Clean Air  
Beth Blalock, a Georgia mom who is concerned about her children’s health.
Anne Mellinger-Birdsong, MD, MPH, a pediatrician and epidemiologist speaking on behalf of American Academy of Pediatrics, Georgia Chapter.


EPA Regional Office
Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center
Conference Rooms C and D
61 Forsyth Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

WHY: The hearing is one in a series in three cities across the country on the EPA’s proposed safeguards against toxic pollution from coal and oil-fired power plants. The American Lung Association firmly opposes any attempts to reduce EPA authority to regulate emissions and has recorded significant strides in cleaner air nationwide since the Clean Air Act was passed in 1970. The Lung Association’s  recent State of the Air report highlights the progress made, as well as those areas around the country that still face significant exposure to high levels of toxic pollutants.

For an advance copy of embargoed testimony, or to setup an interview, contact:
Katlyn Carter,, 202-478-6176.


American Lung Association in Georgia
Founded to fight tuberculosis, the American Lung Association in Georgia is the lead organization in the state working to improve lung health and prevent lung disease. Lung disease death rates continue to increase while other leading causes of death have declined. The American Lung Association in Georgia funds vital research on lung disease cures, provides education and support programs to both adults and children and advocates for stronger air laws and tobacco prevention and education at the capital.