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American Lung Association Urges EPA and NHTSA to Preserve the Health Protections of Motor Vehicle Emissions Standards

Standards limit deadly air pollution and protect Americans’ health

(March 15, 2017) - WASHINGTON, D.C.

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Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) signed the document formalizing their intention to reconsider mid-term evaluation of the 2022-2025 vehicle emissions requirements. In response, Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, issued the following statement:

"In January, the EPA concluded correctly, after substantial review and public comment, that the 2022-2025 vehicle emissions requirements were appropriate and that auto manufacturers can comply with them. These emissions standards will help protect public health and fight climate change by reducing carbon pollution and other harmful air pollutants. The standards also provide certainty to the auto industry moving forward, and will also help drive new technology for the future. Despite the reconsideration by the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, we expect this process will also conclude that the targets should remain in place to protect the health of Americans.

"Climate change is an urgent threat to public health. Preserving these standards will continue to help curb motor vehicles contribution to carbon pollution, the leading cause of climate change, and help protect the health of all Americans."


About the American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

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