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.

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…

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…

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…

Mercury Pollution in Maryland

Mercury Pollution in Maryland


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…

Mercury Pollution in Nebraska

Mercury Pollution in Nebraska


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…

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…

Mercury Pollution in Massachusetts

Mercury Pollution in Massachusetts


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…

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 Tennessee

Mercury Pollution in Tennessee


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…

Video: “A Message From the Future”

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON April 17, 2019
This video made us smile today. Bravo to The Intercept for sharing “A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.” From the article about the video: “Today, we launch the final result: a seven-minute postcard from the future. It’s about how, in the nick of time,...

TOPICS: Activism, Air Pollution, Children's Health, Clean Air Act, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Coal, Environment, EPA, Politics, Pollution

Victory! Landmark Colorado Bill Delivers Major Reforms for Oil and Gas Regulation

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON April 9, 2019
The Colorado Senate created landmark legislation last week that would overhaul how oil and gas is regulated in Colorado. The bill will strengthen oversight of oil and gas operations across the state, and prioritize protection of public health and the environment by empowering local governments...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Colorado, Fracking, Politics, Pollution
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