NPCA Applauds State of California for Joining Lawsuit to Force EPA to Strengthen Clean Air Regulations

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   February 22, 2012
Contact:   Kati Schmidt, Senior Media Relations Manager, National Parks Conservation Association, 415.847.1768
Emily Schrepf, National Parks Conservation Association, 559.960.7056


NPCA Applauds State of California for Joining Lawsuit to Force EPA to Strengthen Clean Air Regulations

Statement by NPCA Central Valley Program Manager Emily Schrepf

“We applaud the State of California, as well as some of our nation’s most densely populated states including New York, for joining the legal efforts brought by the National Parks Conservation Association and the American Lung Association against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in the name of the air that we all breathe.

“California’s Central Valley not only has some of the most polluted air in the United States; it is among the worst on the planet, according to the World Health Organization.  When our children and grandchildren visit Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks, we want them to be able to hike its peaks, run through its valleys and safely explore, with clear and wide-eyed wonder, the beauty of these areas. Airborne particle matter, which we are urging the EPA to combat in our national parks, can cause health problems to healthy park visitors and create serious aggravations for those battling asthma and other heart and lung diseases. The National Park Service states that on high pollution days, the visual range in Sequoia is reduced from 110 miles to less than 20 miles.

“With thousands of people growing produce in this region to feed our country; raising their families in our communities; and traveling to the central valley to visit some of our country’s most iconic national parks, it is past time for proactive measures. It is time for aggressive action.

 “Our case for the EPA to adopt and enforce stronger regulations to clean up dangerous fine particle pollution has been building for nearly six years.  Two years ago, the court ruled in our favor, and required the agency to update its standards. Today, we continue to wait for change to occur. We urge the agency to live up to its namesake, and protect the air that humans, animals, and plants breathe.”

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Background:
The National Parks Conservation Association and American Lung Association filed a federal lawsuit on February 14, 2012, to force the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to complete the required review of the need for stronger limits on the amount of soot, smoke, and other airborne particles that endanger public health.  View the full press release at: http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2012/epa-sued-for-failure-to-issue-air-pollution-standards

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