Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1917, the BRICK Act. Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, issued the following statement in response:
"With a single vote, the House of Representatives passed two measures that would delay long-overdue clean air protections. The BRICK Act would allow an indefinite delay of standards to reduce toxic air emissions from brick kilns, including mercury, a neurotoxin that harms brain development in children.
"The bill would delay more protective emissions standards for new woodburning stoves and heaters. Pollution from woodstoves causes asthma attacks, heart attacks and premature death.
"The American Lung Association thanks those representatives who voted ‘no’ today, and calls on the Senate to reject these attacks on clean air protections."
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