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U.S. Senate Rejects Threat to Clean Air Act

Last week we told you about an attempt by Senator Jim Inhofe and a vocal minority that would have eliminated an historic regulation issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Today the U.S. Senate voted to reject that effort!

The defeat of this Resolution, by a 46-53 vote, is a victory for public health. The new EPA standard will limit mercury and air toxics including arsenic, lead, acid gases and dozens of others from power plants that burn coal and oil. This standard came after decades of delay, and sets strict limits on mercury and toxic emissions. This standard will save thousands of lives and help those with asthma and bronchitis breathe easier.

For years the League has fought for clean air and to protect the Clean Air Act. The last minute push made by League members and supporters contacting their Senators helped to ensure that the Senate is working for people not polluters!

Now we have to push to make sure that the EPA issues its final rule to control industrial carbon pollution from new power plants. Please make a comment now in support of controlling the pollution that is causing global climate change, increased asthma attacks and threatening the health of children and families.