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LCV Statement on 20th Anniversary of Clean Air Act Amendments

Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or November 15, 2010  

WASHINGTON — On the 20th anniversary of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 being signed into law, LCV President Gene Karpinski released the following statement:

"What do Newt Gingrich, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Barton, Henry Waxman, Jim Inhofe, Ed Markey, Jim Sensebrenner, Chuck Schumer and Fred Upton have in common? They all voted for final passage of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, which was signed into law twenty years ago today after passing through Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support.

The 1990 amendments — shepherded by the administration of George H.W. Bush — updated the Clean Air Act to address a wide range of modern day air pollution problems including acid rain, automobile tailpipe emissions and ozone depletion.

As we celebrate the recent 40th anniversary of the Clean Air Act and the twentieth anniversary of the 1990 amendments, we are grateful for the bipartisan support that led to such dramatic improvements for public health and the environment. We need that same bipartisan support to protect EPA's ability to hold polluters accountable and put in place comprehensive clean energy solutions that will create jobs, cut pollution and protect the planet for future generations."

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