Save Lives by Encouraging Clean Air Standards


Target: Gina McCarthy, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator

Goal: Save lives and prevent toxic pollution by finalizing clean air standards for cars

Proposed new standards to limit air pollution from cars could prevent 2,400 premature deaths per year. These standards, which were drafted last spring by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),  aim to reduce toxic sulfur emissions by over 60 percent by the year 2017. This would significantly diminish smog pollution and respiratory illnesses such as asthma. However, nine months after the initial proposal, the EPA has yet to finalize these standards. Their adoption schedule has been beleaguered by setbacks, including resistance from oil companies. The EPA has pushed back its timetable and now intends to finalize the plans in February 2014, but there is little guarantee that they will meet this deadline.

These delays pose a real and present danger to public health. If the EPA does not issue a decision soon, they may fail to meet the 2017 implementation deadline for the standards. Time spent battling Big Oil means lives lost to diseases caused or aggravated by pollution. With 42 percent of Americans already living in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution, the time to act is now. Sign the petition below and urge EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to finalize these standards and ensure cleaner air nationwide.


Dear Gina McCarthy,

Vehicular emissions are one of the most potent ways in which Americans harm our environment and ourselves. Air pollution costs billions in health spending and causes thousands of premature deaths annually. Reducing air pollution would have an immediate and beneficial effect on public health by reducing the number of individuals suffering from environmentally aggravated respiratory illnesses. For this reason, it is of the utmost importance that you promptly finalize Tier 3 standards to lower sulfur in gasoline and reduce vehicle tailpipe emissions.

Reduction of smog-forming tailpipe pollutants and improved standards for low-sulfur gasoline will benefit national health as well as the automakers who create clean emissions technologies. With support from the Association of Global Automakers and millions of Americans, I urge you to release a final rule on proposed Tier 3  standards. Further delays to the ruling could negatively impact the 2017 implementation deadline, and individuals living with unhealthy air simply cannot wait any longer. Secure healthier, happier lives for Americans by swiftly issuing a ruling for clean air.


[Your Name Here]

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