FOCUS ON: Clean Air Act

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…

Mercury Pollution in Colorado

Mercury Pollution in Colorado


November 21, 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…

Ten Reasons Why Moms Oppose Andrew Wheeler as EPA Chief

Ten Reasons Why Moms Oppose Andrew Wheeler as EPA Chief


December 8, 2018    Moms Clean Air Force

Wheeler’s fingerprints are all over the very worst environmental proposals of the Trump Administration. He has proven, first as Deputy EPA Administrator under Scott Pruitt, and then as Acting Administrator, that he has: NO interest in protecting people’s health and safety; NO interest in putting…

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…

Andrew Wheeler Nomination to Run EPA is Dangerous

Andrew Wheeler Nomination to Run EPA is Dangerous


December 8, 2018    Moms Clean Air Force

Moms across the country fought hard to win the passage, in 2016, of the Lautenberg Chemicals Safety for the 21st Century Act. This law had major bipartisan support. Yet Wheeler is fighting hard to cripple this law–to the benefit of the chemical industry. >> Click…

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…

Mercury Pollution in Maine

Mercury Pollution in Maine


December 18, 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…

The Green New Deal is a Big Deal. Here’s Why.

BY Diane MacEachern ON February 11, 2019
The Green New Deal hit the US with the force of a Katrina-sized hurricane when it was unveiled last week – and yes, the comparison is fitting. The GND, as it’s being called, aims to eliminate the carbon emissions fueling climate change and the resulting...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Coal, Environment, Heat and Extreme Weather, Natural Gas, Politics, Renewable Energy

Mercury Protections Draw Broad Support

BY Molly Rauch ON February 6, 2019
This week, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), ranking member on the Senate Environmental Public Works (EPW) Committee, joined industry, health, faith, and environmental justice experts for a Senate briefing co-hosted by Moms Clean Air Force and Earthjustice. The topic: Why these “odd bedfellows” oppose EPA Acting...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Coal, EPA, Mercury Poisoning, Politics, Washington DC

Sen. Capito Should Protect West Virginia from Wheeler

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON February 6, 2019
This op-ed was written by Penny Dacks. It originally appeared in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, West Virginia:  After the longest government shutdown in history, I have been trying to impress on my school-age daughter that some things are too important to shut down or ignore. In a...

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

Wheeler Will Not Protect North Carolina

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON February 4, 2019
This op-ed was written by Kelle Pressley-Perkins. She is a Moms Clean Air Force member from Charlotte, North Carolina. The post originally appeared on WRAL.com: One of the real perks of being a mother to nine home-schooled children is that I make sure our family talks...

TOPICS: Activism, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, EPA, Motherhood, North Carolina, Politics, Pollution, Pregnancy

Latinos and the New Climate Movement

BY Dominique Browning ON February 1, 2019
This post was written with Mark Magaña, the Founding President & CEO of GreenLatinos, a national coalition of Latino environmental, natural resources, and conservation advocates. It originally appeared at Hispanic LA: It is a myth that Latinos don’t have the time nor interest to care...

TOPICS: Activism, Arizona, California, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Colorado, EPA, Florida, Illinois, Latino Community, Social Justice, Tennessee, Texas
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