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Protect the Clean Air Act

The Problem:

outdoors_2180840bEven though air quality has improved over the years, five out of ten Americans still live in areas where air pollution reaches unhealthy levels. Many parts of the Southeast face pollution brought on by aging coal-fired power plants and growing traffic.

The Clean Air Act has provided the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the authority and the responsibility to protect and clean up the nation’s air since 1970.

Thanks to that law and later amendments that strengthened it, people throughout the nation breathe cleaner, healthier air. In fact, from 1970 to 2014, emissions of the six most common pollutants dropped by an average of 68 percent since 1970.

But, the work is not done; millions of Americans continue to breathe unhealthy air. Polluters and some members of Congress want to interfere with EPA’s ability to protect public health.

What You Can Do: