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The Planet

Clean Air Update

Tell Clinton: Support New EPA Standards

The Planet, April 1997, Volume 4, number 3

The Environmental Protection Agency faces some tough skeptics in Congress and the White House with its proposal to tighten regulations on smog and soot (see March Planet). Polluting industries are spending millions to delay or water down the proposal, but Sierra Club activists and other clean air supporters are getting the message out -- through public hearings, debates and newspaper articles (like the one above printed in USA Today) -- that tougher standards will save lives and prevent respiratory problems.

Recently, the industry-sponsored group Citizens for a Sound Economy challenged the Sierra Club to debate the EPA's proposed standards. During the one-hour debate moderated by the League of Women Voters, Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club, dismissed industry claims that the new safeguards would unduly restrict people's lives. "This is a fight about bus exhaust, not barbeque smoke," said Pope. "It's about reducing the tons of pollution that power plants and steel mills are belching into our air."

To take action: Call President Clinton at (202) 456-1111 or e-mail him at <> and let him know you support the proposed tougher standards for ozone and fine particulates.

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