American Lung Association Urges the Court to Reverse Panel Decision on Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

Statement of Paul G. Billings, Senior Vice President for the American Lung Association

Washington, D.C. (October 5, 2012)

The American Lung Association today filed a petition to urge the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to review and reverse its panel’s August 21, decision to vacate the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. This Rule is critical to protecting public health from the dangers of ‘second-hand smog’ and is required by law under the Clean Air Act.”

“The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule was adopted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2011 to limit air pollution that drifts across state lines and causes significant health harm for millions of American who live far from its sources, including premature deaths and asthma attacks. The American Lung Association urges the full Court to uphold the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.”

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