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

Chicago, IL (May 23, 2011)

WHEN:

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CST

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 Illinois alone, there are 23 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.

WHO:

Health experts, concerned parents, and representatives from the American Lung Association will be testifying and are available for comment.

WHERE:

Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro
Ballroom D
733 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60611

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, kcarter@mrss.com, 202-478-6176.

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American Lung Association in Chicago
Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is “Fighting for Air” through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association, a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity and holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.LungUSA.org.