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Feature: Defending the Clean Air Act

The Clean Air Act has protected Americans and the air we breathe from harmful pollution for 40 years, saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. But some members of Congress are now attempting to dismantle the Clean Air Act and undermine the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to reduce air pollution and safeguard our health.

Since 1970, as scientists and doctors identified additional threats to our health, the Clean Air Act safe-guarded us from deadly pollutants. But now some Senators and House members are threatening to interfere with the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases and enforce the clean up of polluting power plants. Congress should never undermine the Clean Air Act or EPA's ability to hold big polluters accountable for the destructive pollution they release into our air.

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