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Statement of Bernadette Toomey, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Lung Association
Date:3/12/2008

a standard. History has shown that principle to be sound. The Administrator proposes to change the Clean Air Act to violate that principle. That is completely unacceptable.

Despite arguments from polluters, thirty years of evidence shows that protecting public health has not harmed the economy -- nor is it likely to do so in the future. We would encourage the Administrator to read his own website to see the EPA chart documenting that we've been able to cut emissions by half while the economy soared.

Given the real dangers to the most vulnerable members of each of our families, EPA's decisions today represent a compromise the public can ill afford. The Agency moved closer to the need but not only failed to follow the law, the Agency is now supporting fundamentally weakening the Clean Air Act itself.


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