WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is marking its 40th year by highlighting progress made under the four decades of the Clean Air Act, officials said.
Those who have helped to shape the CAA over the years, including members of Congress, state and local government officials, and leaders in public health, business and technology, environmental justice and advocacy gathered for a conference in Washington to mark the occasion, an EPA release said Tuesday.
“For 40 years the Clean Air Act has protected our health and our environment, saving lives and sparking new innovations to make our economy cleaner and stronger,” EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said.
“The common sense application of the act has made it one of the most cost-effective things the American people have done for themselves in the last half century,” she told the conference.
The first 20 years of Clean Air Act programs, from 1970 to 1990, prevented 205,000 premature deaths, 672,000 cases of chronic bronchitis, 21,000 cases of heart disease and 843,000 asthma attacks, an EPA analysis said.
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