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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…

7 Books for Tiny Climate Warriors and Moms Who Want Clean Trucks

7 Books for Tiny Climate Warriors and Moms Who Want Clean Trucks


September 15, 2015    Molly Rauch

    At a certain stage of life, there was almost nothing my little boys loved more than a big, loud, roaring motorized vehicle. Whether it was a tractor-trailer, school bus, garbage truck, city bus, or ambulance, there one of them would be, little hand…

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.

Climate-Smart Car Guide

Climate-Smart Car Guide


February 14, 2018    Diane MacEachern

One of the fastest, easiest and most significant ways to help stop climate change is by changing driving habits. You don’t need to give up driving, and you don’t need to buy a new car! The Bad News Every gallon of gasoline emits about 20…

The Power of Moms and Mayors

The Power of Moms and Mayors


March 22, 2018    Dominique Browning

It seems like every day we hear about new actions by the federal government to introduce a new dangerous policy or cut a crucial program that protects our air, water, and climate. I won’t lie to you — sometimes it is overwhelmingly appalling. But something…

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…

Montana Moms Provide Powerful Testimony in Support of America’s Clean Power Plan

BY Ronnie Citron-Fink ON April 10, 2018
In Gillette, Wyoming, Moms testified against repealing America’s Clean Power Plan. Gillette hosted the final EPA public hearing. America’s Clean Power Plan was first proposed under President Obama. At the time, the EPA conducted extensive public outreach and received more than 8 million comments in support...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Asthma, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Coal, Colorado, EPA, Heat and Extreme Weather, MCAF News, Montana, Politics, Pollution

Moms Defend Their Right to Clean Air

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON April 6, 2018
This article is written by Angeles Zaragoza, Member, Moms Clean Air Force and Maria Guzman, Community Health Educator, Pacoima Beautiful. It’s reposted from Impacting Our Future, an independent supplement by Mediaplanet to the Los Angeles Times Some days the air we breathe is so poor, our...

TOPICS: Activism, Air Pollution, Asthma, California, Cars and Trucks, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Latino Community
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