The American Lung Association in New Hampshire recently released the priorities of its 2013 “Healthy Air Agenda,” a plan of action for the Obama Administration and the 113th Congress that will ensure the Clean Air Act is implemented and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency maintains its authority to ensure all Americans can have air that is safe and healthy to breathe.
The agenda is organized into four key areas of focus with additional details as to which regulations, rules or activities will remain a focus within each area. These include:
Smokestacks: Clean up coal-fired power plants. Power plants, in particular those fired by coal, are a major source of hazardous pollutants and are also the biggest source of carbon pollution that is linked to climate change.
Tailpipes: Clean up gasoline and vehicles. The EPA needs to update standards to prevent smog from forming and control particle pollution from passenger vehicles by reducing the amount of sulfur in gasoline and setting tighter tailpipe pollution limits on new vehicles.
Funding research and enforcement: Preventing additional cuts to the EPA will enable the agency to effectively monitor air quality, implement critical air quality programs to protect public health and meet national clean air goals.
Implementation without weakening or delays: To truly improve the health of millions of people across the nation and save thousands of lives every year, full implementation of all Clean Air Act updates, rules and standards is needed.
The Healthy Air Agenda is intended to serve as a helpful tool to educate partners and supporters as to what needs to be done in 2013 in order to continue to successfully clean up the air and save lives.
The American Lung Association is calling on U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen, as well as Congresswomen Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter, to start taking immediate action to limit the dangerous air pollutants that cross state lines and drift into New Hampshire.
“It is important that polluted air continue to be viewed and understood as a pervasive threat, affecting our most vulnerable populations here in New Hampshire,” said Lee Gilman of the American Lung Association in New Hampshire. “It’s time to end the attacks on the Clean Air Act and start advancing a Healthy Air Agenda.”
By identifying these four critical areas of focus and key solutions for addressing each, the Lung Association will be able to better direct efforts to the life-saving work that protects the Clean Air Act and the health of millions of people across the country and here in New Hampshire.