Join Our Twitter Chat with American Lung Association: Cleaner Cars Means Healthier Communities



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By Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Monday, June 17th, 2013

Fuel-Economy-300x160Consumers Union (CU) and the American Lung Association (ALA) will host a joint Twitter chat on Tuesday, June 18 at 3:30 EST to talk about why EPA’s new proposed standards for vehicle emissions and low sulfur gasoline are needed to improve public health and share stories from people affected by air pollution from roadways. Join our chat using the hashtag #cleanair4kids.

Why Clean Car standards are needed: 

Over 150 million Americans breathe unhealthy air, and a major source of this pollution is passenger and heavy-duty vehicles.

Living, working, or going to school near major roadways increases exposure to ozone and particle pollution that:

  • triggers asthma attacks
  • worsens lung and heart health and
  • causes thousands of premature deaths every year.

car-exhaustOn average, Americans spend over an hour traveling along roads every day.  Being on or near roadways increases exposure to high concentrations  of “criteria” pollutants (particulates, ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, and lead) and toxic pollutants, over 50% of  which are attributable to gasoline vehicles.

What Clean Car standards do:  

The proposed standards would lower sulfur levels from 30 parts per million (ppm) to 10 ppm in gasoline and make emissions requirements more stringent for new vehicles starting in 2017.  Cleaner burning cars and lower sulfur gasoline will emit lower tailpipe emissions, which will help us breathe easier and help regions throughout the country stay below unsafe air pollution levels for ozone and particulate matter.  By addressing gasoline and vehicles as a “system” instead of in isolation, emissions reductions can be achieved more cost-effectively.

EPA proposed the standards in March and they are currently open for comment.  CU and the ALA testified at EPA’s public hearings in April and are both urging members of the public to submit comments in support of the rule.  Please sign CU’s petition  to the EPA for cleaner cars and join our Twitter chat to find out more ways you can help.

  • What: Twitter chat on clean car standards
  • Host: Consumers Union [@ConsumersUnion] and American Lung Association [@LungAssociation]
  • When: Tuesday, June 18, 3:30-4:30 pm EST
  • Where: Twitter (hashtag #cleanair4kids)

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