The American Lung Association pressed the Obama administration Thursday to stop delaying important EPA smog rules, and in a letter to White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley declared that “it is long past time to complete this work.”
The Association expressed concern for the public’s health if the measures continue to be delayed further. “[Mi]llions of infants, children, older adults, and people with chronic diseases can’t avoid breathing smog,” the ALA said in the letter. “They depend upon the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to follow the Clean Air Act and protect their health.”
The EPA recently stated that it plans to issue the new smog rules “shortly,” but gave no specific deadline for their release, and the new standards have yet to materialize as official policy.