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The Clean Air Act is a major public health success. The law prevents more than 160,000 deaths and 1,700,000 asthma attacks each year. It also is responsible for preventing thousands upon thousands of other adverse health impacts, including emergency room visits, heart disease, chronic bronchitis, lost school days, and infant mortality.

The Clean Air Act is a US law passed in 1970 designed to protect Americans from dangerous air pollution. The law was enacted in 1963, greatly expanded in scope by President Richard Nixon in 1970, and was again significantly amended in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush.

The Clean Air Act regulates emissions of six major air pollutants – ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and lead – levels of which are monitored nationwide. The Clean Air Act also limits the emission of almost 200 hazardous air pollutants, including mercury, benzene, vinyl chloride, cadmium, and asbestos.

Emissions from cars, planes, trains, ships, factories, power plants, and businesses all fall under the purview of the Clean Air Act, which is administered by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Support America’s Clean Power Plan

Support America’s Clean Power Plan


April 8, 2015    Moms Clean Air Force

What Is America’s Clean Power Plan? Climate change is real, and it threatens the health of our children. But right now, there are no limits on the largest single source of human-caused climate pollution – power plants. We think that’s wrong. To address this glaring…

10 Tweetable Facts On Why We Need To #PlugTheLeaks

10 Tweetable Facts On Why We Need To #PlugTheLeaks


October 13, 2015    Moms Clean Air Force

Please SHARE these TWEETS with your Twitter followers right now! 1. Fracking poses potential health risks for pregnant moms & babies. >> TWEET THIS << 2. Technologies to cut methane are available and have already been successfully deployed. >> TWEET THIS << 3. One quarter of the climate…

Methane Leaks: Harmful, Wasteful and Preventable

Methane Leaks: Harmful, Wasteful and Preventable


October 14, 2015    Moms Clean Air Force

 

The Clean Power Plan Gets Huge Support from Lawmakers and Tech Giants

The Clean Power Plan Gets Huge Support from Lawmakers and Tech Giants


April 4, 2016    Moms Clean Air Force

Americans want climate action. in litigation pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The following groups and individuals last week filed legal briefs to support the most important and ambitious plan ever to combat the pollution that is fueling climate disruption:…

Seven Ways Scott Pruitt is Threatening Our Health

Seven Ways Scott Pruitt is Threatening Our Health


June 24, 2017    Moms Clean Air Force

In selecting Oklahoma’s former Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head EPA, President Trump has prioritized polluters over the health of our families.

Clean Air Act Q&A

Clean Air Act Q&A


May 23, 2013    Moms Clean Air Force

What is the Clean Air Act? The Clean Air Act is literally a lifesaver. Click here to view the Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act. When was the Clean Air Act signed into law? It was signed into law by Richard Nixon in…

Smog Facts

Smog Facts


May 24, 2013    Moms Clean Air Force

WHAT IS SMOG? Smog, or ground level ozone, is not emitted directly into the air, but is formed through the reaction, triggered by sunlight, of certain chemicals in the atmosphere with oxygen. Chemicals that undergo such reaction are known as “ozone precursors” and include volatile…

Ebook: Our Favorite Clean Air Cartoons

Ebook: Our Favorite Clean Air Cartoons


May 20, 2013    Moms Clean Air Force

Sometimes, you just have to laugh. As in, need to laugh…otherwise, the issues we are tackling each and every day here at Moms Clean Air Force start to weigh too heavily on our hearts. This collection of cartoons is a gift from our house to…

The Most Important Climate Speech Ever Given

The Most Important Climate Speech Ever Given


June 2, 2014    Moms Clean Air Force

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s remarks announcing the Clean Power Plan, as prepared, June 2, 2014:  About a month ago, I took a trip to the Cleveland Clinic. I met a lot of great people, but one stood out—even if he needed to stand on a chair…

Tier 3: What It Means and Why It Matters

Tier 3: What It Means and Why It Matters


April 22, 2013    Moms Clean Air Force

This was written by Mark MacLeod, EDF By now, you’ve probably seen lots of news headlines talking about the proposed updated Tier 3 standards. Tier 3 is the shorthand term for national vehicle emissions and fuel standards that will help us make big strides towards…

Destroying America’s Clean Power Plan Will Hurt the Health of Our Children

BY Dominique Browning ON October 10, 2017
Pruitt’s proposal to withdraw America’s Clean Power Plan is profoundly irresponsible—and will harm the health of our children. EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s intention is clear: ignore the climate disruption that is right now amping up brutal storms and stoking deadly wildfires across the country Pruitt...

TOPICS: Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, EPA, Politics, Pollution

Infographic: America’s Clean Power Plan’s Enormous Climate Benefits

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON October 10, 2017
This was written by Ilissa Ocko. It originally posted at Climate 911:  In addition to the vital public health benefits it offers, the Clean Power Plan is the nation’s most significant action to date to address climate change’s number one culprit – heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions. Now,...

TOPICS: Carbon Pollution, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, EPA, Politics

5 Reasons to Reject Scott Pruitt’s Proposal to Repeal America’s Clean Power Plan

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON October 10, 2017
This was written by Martha Roberts. It originally posted at Climate 911: Today, a draft proposal emerged of the latest step in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s attack on clean air and climate security – a proposal to revoke the Clean Power Plan, America’s only...

TOPICS: Clean Air Act, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, EPA, Politics, Pollution, Science
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