Breathing Easy – Working to Improve Air Quality and Broaden the Environmental Movement

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The American Lung Association, a Hewlett Foundation grantee, brings a different perspective to the quest for

American Lung Association Red Carriageclean air: the health of children. The Association recently launched its “Red Carriage” ad campaign to drive the point home.

At an April 2011 Congressional hearing on creating Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for mercury and sulfur dioxide emissions at coal-fired power plants, some members of the committee hearing the new rule simply didn’t believe either pollutant was dangerous to health or needed regulation.

For its part, the EPA had estimated the new standards would prevent 17,000 premature deaths annually.

“I am not a medical doctor, but my hypothesis is that is not going to happen,” one congressman said, and accused the agency of fabricating its numbers.

The committee member soon received a letter signed by the heads of the American Lung Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Public Health Association, among other organizations, begging to differ.  Read more

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