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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.

Moms Deliver Powerful Message to US Automakers (Video)

Moms Deliver Powerful Message to US Automakers (Video)


May 23, 2018    Moms Clean Air Force

Passenger vehicles are now the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the US, and gas prices are expected soon to reach their highest level in four years. But instead of shoring up national standards that keep our cars on track to put less pollution…

Assault on Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

Assault on Mercury and Air Toxics Standards


September 15, 2018    Moms Clean Air Force

  The Trump administration’s EPA is threatening protections against mercury and air pollution. What you need to know: Coal-fired power plants emit at least 84 separate hazardous air pollutants. The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards are now fully implemented and are reducing exposure to dangerous…

HOW TO CALL YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS TO TALK ABOUT MERCURY

HOW TO CALL YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS TO TALK ABOUT MERCURY


September 24, 2018    Moms Clean Air Force

We’re all used to text and email, and often that’s speedy and effective. But sometimes, the sound of a voice makes all the difference. Now is one of those times. Your members of Congress must hear from you about your deep concerns over the Trump EPA’s…

Mercury Pollution in the United States

Mercury Pollution in the United States


November 25, 2018    Moms Clean Air Force

Mercury standards under attack: The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards are a lifesaving, fully implemented, effective pollution prevention program that specifically protects pregnant women and babies from harm. Since 2012, the mercury standards have helped to dramatically lower mercury emissions from coal plants. Moms want…

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, 2012    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.

Our Children Need Health Protections Strengthened, Not Rolled Back

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON December 12, 2018
This post is written by Rev. Dr. Ambrose Carroll, Green the Church Co-Founder. It first appeared in Successful Black Parenting (used with permission): Today, being Black in America is dangerous. My wife and I don’t want our children to worry about their survival. We want them to run,...

TOPICS: African-American Community, Carbon Pollution, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Coal, EPA, Mercury Poisoning, Politics, Pollution, Social Justice

EPA Enforcement is Declining Across Every U.S. Region

BY Ronnie Citron-Fink ON December 12, 2018
Trump’s EPA is appalling. It’s retreat from protecting our families from pollution has already launched a process to sabotage and ultimately destroy our Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. These are protections that keep mercury, a terrible poison, from harming our babies’ brains. Under the leadership of Andrew Wheeler,...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, EPA, Ozone, Politics, Pollution, Science

Interview With Dr. Gredia Huerta Montanez, Environmental Health Pediatrician

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON December 11, 2018
This is an interview with Dr. Gredia Huerta Montanez, an environmental health pediatrician in Puerto Rico and a member of the EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee: Dr. Huerta Montanez, can you please tell us about the work you do as an environmental...

TOPICS: Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Heat and Extreme Weather, Latino Community, Science

Health Experts Warn of Dire Impacts of Climate Change

BY Molly Rauch ON December 7, 2018
Climate change threatens the health of Americans and is having major impacts now, according to a recent report from the Lancet, one of the world’s leading medical journals. The annual report, called the Lancet Countdown, is a collaboration of researchers from 27 leading academic institutions,...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Carbon Pollution, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Coal, EPA, Heart Health, Heat and Extreme Weather, Politics, Pollution, Science

Andrew Wheeler Was a Coal Lobbyist. Now He Heads EPA.

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON December 5, 2018
The video below from CNN that asks: How on earth can a coal industry lobbyist be in charge of EPA, charged with protecting our health and safety from air and climate pollution? From CNN’s Drew Griffin: “Andrew Wheeler, the former coal lobbyist who is now acting administrator of...

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