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American Lung Association releases 2013 Healthy Air Agenda

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With sequestration cuts looming on the horizon, the American Lung Association in Illinois is warning cuts to the EPA could affect the air we breathe.

In response, the association released its 2013 Healthy Air Agenda, a plant to ensure the implementation of the Clean Air Act and the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency so all U.S. residents can breathe clean and safe air.

"Healthy air begins and ends with a strong EPA," said Mike Kolleng, Healthy Air Campaign Manager for the American Lung Association in Illinois. "Anyone with asthma, COPD, or other lung diseases will be affected if these massive cuts are realized. Our representatives need to know that lives are in the balance."

The agenda is organized into the following four areas:

  • Funding research and enforcement
  • Full implementation of the Clean Air Act
  • Smokestacks - Clean up coal-fired power plants (existing and new)
  • Tailpipes - Clean up gasoline and vehicles

"Simply put, air pollution makes people sick. Less air pollution means fewer asthma attacks, fewer heart attacks, and fewer premature deaths," said Kolleng. "This agenda is a road map for legislators and clean air advocates across the state. It's the quickest, most effective way to make sure our air is safe to breathe."

Cook County got an "F" from the American Lung Association last year for particle pollution and ozone (smog). Winnebago County received an "A".

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