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…

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…

Climate Change is Coming for You and Your Children

BY Marcia G. Yerman ON October 10, 2018
The 2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming reads like a horror flick. The findings are frightening, especially if action is not taken. The study was presented in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The product was the result of the work of ninety-one scientists from forty countries. They...

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

5 Things About Trump’s EPA Assault on the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON October 3, 2018
This was written by Mandy Warner, senior manager of Climate and Air Policy at EDF: In 1990, while I was busy with kid priorities like learning to roller-skate, Congress was updating the Clean Air Act – kicking off a process to reduce mercury and other...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Children's Health, Clean Air Act, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, EPA, Mercury Poisoning, Ozone, Politics, Pollution
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