American Lung Association Names Senator Tom Carper First-ever Healthy Air Hero

Washington, D.C. (March 29, 2012)

The American Lung Association honored U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) today with the American Lung Association’s inaugural Healthy Air Hero Award for his service to protect the lung health of all Americans and his steadfast commitment to the Clean Air Act.

“It is a special honor to present Senator Tom Carper with this award for his heroic work to protect the nation’s air quality,” said Albert A. Rizzo, MD, National Volunteer Chair of the American Lung Association, and pulmonary and critical care physician in Newark, Delaware.“Senator Carper has been a longtime supporter and hero of the American Lung Association nationally and in Delaware.”

For the past 30 years, Senator Carper has put his healthy lungs to good use by running in the American Lung Association’s Caesar Rodney Half Marathon in Wilmington, Delaware. This year he even served as honorary chairman of the event. Aside from his yearly 13.1 mile contribution, Senator Carper has been a constant leader and partner of the American Lung Association in the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air.

“It is a privilege to work with Senator Carper. The Lung Association is grateful for his dedication to protect public health, particularly for individuals who suffer from lung disease and are most affected by the harmful health effects of air pollution,” said Dr. Rizzo.

Senator Carper is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, where he heads the Senate’s oversight of the Clean Air Act and works tirelessly to defend the lifesaving health protections the law provides. Senator Carper’s ongoing fight to defend and strengthen this landmark public health law has involved bipartisan cooperation and has expanded the protections of our environment and the health of the American people.

Among many efforts to strengthen the Clean Air Act and improve clean air efforts, in 2010, Senator Carper worked with Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) to reauthorize the Diesel Emission Reduction Program, which will help clean up the nation’s fleet of old, dirty diesel engines and vehicles.

The award presented at the American Lung Association’s Board of Directors meeting in Washington, DC reads, “The American Lung Association presents the Healthy Air Hero Award to Senator Tom Carper For outstanding leadership in the fight for healthy air.”

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