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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…

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…

Interview with Rep. Matt Cartwright of the Bipartisan Climate Caucus

BY Marcia G. Yerman ON August 17, 2017
This is a Moms Clean Air Force exclusive interview with Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA). Rep. Cartwright was elected to Congress in 2013. Since that time, he has consistently stepped up to make the environment one of his key issues. For Cartwright, producing safe and clean energy...

TOPICS: Carbon Pollution, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Environment, Fracking, Natural Gas, Pennsylvania, Politics, Social Justice

Interview with Pennsylvania Representative Brian Fitzpatrick

BY Marcia G. Yerman ON July 25, 2017
American parents are struggling to determine how they can best protect their children from the actions of an administration that has aligned itself with the interests of fossil fuels. The clearest path to making their voices heard is to reach out to their hyperlocal representatives....

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Environment, Pennsylvania, Politics, Toxics

This Reckless Decision Puts Our Children At Risk

BY Molly Rauch ON July 7, 2017
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a two-year delay to vital air pollution safeguards that protect our children from dangerous methane, benzene, and other toxic, carcinogenic air pollutants. Under the direction of Administrator Scott Pruitt, the EPA issued an order for a two-year delay on methane pollutions...

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