American Lung Association's 2004 State of the Air report ranks cities and counties with dirty air

dblocks including the Administration's actions to roll back key provisions of the Clean Air Act and persistent delays in carrying out the existing provisions. Last year, the EPA reversed a provision of the Clean Air Act that would have required the nation's oldest, dirtiest power plants and oil refineries to meet clean air standards. The American Lung Association sued to stop that rollback, and in a December 2003 Court of Appeals ruling blocked EPA's efforts until the court can hear the full case. The American Lung Association has successfully sued EPA to set schedules for ending the delays on other key provisions.

What Americans Can Do

To help Americans protect their health and reduce air pollution, the American Lung Association is issuing a "top 10 list" of "What You Can Do To Protect Yourself From Ozone and Particle Air Pollution," with special guidelines for seniors and parents of small children. These simple and concrete action steps include avoiding exercising outside on high pollution days and not burning wood or trash. The American Lung Association also urges taking steps to help clean up the air, including carpooling and filling gas tanks after sundown, as well as supporting strong national, state, and local pollution control programs. For the full lists or to contact members of Congress to oppose revisions to the Clean Air Act, including loopholes for polluting power plants that would weaken existing laws, individuals can log onto www.lungusa.org.


Contact: Cathy Renna and Liza Cichowski
American Lung Association

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