Don’t let big industrial polluters block Clean Air Act protections

Ozone pollution, commonly referred to as smog, is a silent killer. It threatens the health of millions, causing respiratory ailments, asthma attacks, and premature death.

This is our last chance to force the Obama Administration to act on critical safeguards against ozone pollution.

The EPA is set to propose stronger smog protections under the Clean Air Act in December, but industry is fighting back against any new standards.

That’s why we need you to chime in immediately—before big industrial polluters and their allies in Congress use their power to block or delay the updated protections.

Our government is required by the Clean Air Act to protect public health by setting standards that limit the amount of ozone pollution people are exposed to, but the current safeguards are too weak.

Earthjustice has been fighting for decades to strengthen Clean Air Act standards and protect our right to breathe, but we need urgent public action so that these much-needed protections move forward.

Everyone has the right to breathe clean air. But we need to fight for it.

Tell the Obama Administration to move forward without buckling to unscientific pressure from polluters.

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The Fight for Clean Air Map: Oil Refineries in the United States

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We need strong protections from ozone pollution

Dear President Obama,

CC:
Mike Boots, Council on Environmental Quality
Janet McCabe, Environmental Protection Agency



I write to urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to propose and adopt a ground-level ozone standard that is based upon the best available science on protecting public health. Ozone is considered the most widespread of air pollutants and is linked to asthma attacks, low birth weight in newborns, cardiovascular episodes, short-term memory loss, increased visits to emergency rooms, and even death. The Clean Air Act requires that standards be based on what is needed to protect human health, especially that of children, seniors, and people with lung disease.

The EPA's own science advisors have repeatedly recommended that the current standard of 75 parts per billion fails to protect public health. In 2010, the EPA administrator at the time, Lisa Jackson, publicly acknowledged that the 2008 ozone standards were scientifically and legally indefensible.

Despite overwhelming evidence that the current weak standard is leaving millions vulnerable to preventable pollution, a more protective standard has been repeatedly delayed. Now your administration has the opportunity to correct course and let millions of Americans breathe cleaner air. Please adopt a standard no less protective than the one first recommended by health and medical experts seven years ago--60 parts per billion.

Don't let us down.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[City, State ZIP]

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