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BROWN’S VOTE TO CURB EPA ENFORCEMENT

Environmental law requires support

April 16, 2011

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FOR BROWN, a sad turnaround on environmental matters’’ (Editorial, April13) highlights a critical issue for the state and the nation. Senator Scott Brown’s disappointing vote to weaken the Clean Air Act is not only bad for our environment and clean energy economy. Most important, it jeopardizes the health of everyone in Massachusetts.

The Clean Air Act guarantees all Americans, especially the most vulnerable, air that is safe and healthy to breathe. The Environmental Protection Agency has been successfully implementing this federal law for the past 40 years, and saved thousands of lives in doing so. Stripping the EPA’s authority would be a direct threat to the protection the Clean Air Act provides against cancer, asthma attacks, heart attacks, strokes, emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and premature deaths.

Boston Marathon runners should feel their lungs burn from exercise, not from ozone. The more than 132,000 kids in Massachusetts who live with asthma should not have to miss a day of school caused by a pollution-triggered attack. This is the goal, and it cannot be achieved without a strong Clean Air Act, an effective EPA, and the leadership and support of elected officials.

Jeffrey Seyler
President and CEO
American Lung Association of New England
Waltham