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American Lung Association in California Statement on White House Decision to End Talks to Protect Californians from Unhealthy Vehicle Emissions

(February 21, 2019) - SACRAMENTO, Calif.

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“The American Lung Association is deeply disappointed by this latest development. The federal government walking away from proven strategies to protect public health is unacceptable and unwarranted,” said William Barrett, Director of Clean Air Advocacy for the American Lung Association in California.

“By severing basic dialogue with the California Air Resources Board, the federal government has again signaled its unwillingness to consider the widely understood and documented public health impacts of harmful air pollutants, including those that contribute to climate change. In order to protect the health of our air, our environment and our communities, the American Lung Association is opposed to the rollback of our existing clean vehicle standards, and the attack on California and other states’ authority to protect the health of their citizens.”


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