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Air pollution is among the most serious threats facing national parks. Dirty air can discolor and warp the horizon and cut miles and miles off of scenic views. It is also harmful to plants, fish, and other wildlife, and even affects the health of visitors and park staff. Most of the air pollution affecting national parks results from the burning of fossil fuels, especially by coal-fired power plants.
NPCA advocates for strong and fair enforcement of existing laws and regulations that protect our parks and lungs from pollution. We are taking steps to defend America’s national parks from the air, water, health and climate impacts of coal-fired power plants and other polluters.
Through our Clean Air for Parks campaign, we’re working to strengthen the Regional Haze Rule, which is designed to restore park air to clear, healthy conditions. In its current form, the Rule allows some parks to maintain dirty air for centuries. Revisions to the Rule are expected soon, and NPCA is advocating for changes that will ensure robust air protections for parks—and the people who love them and live near them.