Cleaner Gasoline and Vehicles Deliver on the Promise of Healthier Air

March 4, 2014
by Harold Wimmer, National President and CEO, American Lung Association
Huffington Post

The EPA noted that cleaner gasoline will provide immediate health benefits at a bargain - less than one penny a gallon. Nearly every car on the road will emit less pollution when gasoline sulfur is cut. And because vehicles and fuels are a system, low-sulfur gasoline will enable the next generation of vehicles to be even cleaner. Cleaner gasoline and vehicles will help reduce ozone and particulate matter, two of the most pervasive and challenging air pollutants. Thanks to these standards, there will be 19,000 fewer asthma attacks, nearly 300,000 fewer days when parents can't go to work or when kids miss school, and even 2,000 fewer premature deaths. Remember, these changes start as soon as the cleaner fuel is available for us to pump into our cars. The standards will cut as much air pollution from vehicles on the road today as taking 33 million cars off the road. That is why it is critical that the cleaner gasoline be available on January 1, 2017.

Like Judy, American Lung Association advocates and volunteers across the nation have urged EPA to put these standards in place. Our polling shows a 2- 1 majority of voters support the standards. Last month, nearly 500 physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other health and medical professionals wrote to the president urging completion of this rule. Public health and medical groups including the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Heart Association, American Public Health Association, American Thoracic Society, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Health Care Without Harm, National Association of County and City Health Officials and Trust for America's Health joined with the American Lung Association to push for these standards. We are pleased that the president and EPA listened.

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