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New York State Department of Transportation and American Lung Association in New York Announce 'Commit to Cleaner Air' Week
Date:6/15/2009

Citizens Encouraged to Take Action by Pledging to Improve Downstate NY's Air Quality

ALBANY, N.Y., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Acting Commissioner Stan Gee, in partnership with the American Lung Association in New York, today declared the week of June 15th "Commit to Cleaner Air" Week. Through its Clean Air NY initiative, NYSDOT, in collaboration with local businesses, individuals and community partners, seeks to motivate New York metro area residents to make simple changes to everyday travel choices to improve air quality. New Yorkers are encouraged to take action and "pledge" online at www.cleanairny.org/commit.

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"Air quality is a huge problem for the New York metro area. This week, we're trying to not only educate residents about the problem, but encourage them to become part of the solution," Commissioner Gee said.

Air pollution from vehicles not only contributes to climate change -- it can also cause health issues. On April 17th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that greenhouse gas pollution poses a threat to human health. Recent studies have shown that poor air quality can cause respiratory and heart disease, restrict fetal growth and even cause premature death. "Commit to Cleaner Air" Week kicks off in conjunction with the start of the summer -- when the air quality in the region is more likely to be unhealthy.

"According to the American Lung Association's tenth annual State of the Air report, over 12.5 million New Yorkers -- a stunning 65 percent of the state's residents -- live in countie
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