Emissions Cut by 51 Percent

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Nov. 4, 2004 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Michael Leavitt, US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator announced on September 22nd that "emissions have been cut by 51 percent since the Clean Air Act was passed in 1970." Exceeding 50 percent is a major milestone in the 34-year battle against air pollution. During the same period, the economy has grown by 176 percent.

The EPA’s Clean Air Status Report: Three Decades of Progress reports that overall emissions of the six principal pollutants regulated under law are now less than half of their 1970 levels. This includes declines of 99 percent for lead, 81 percent for particulate matter, 54 percent for volatile organic compounds, 53 percent for carbon monoxide, 49 percent for sulfur dioxide and 24 percent for nitrogen oxides.

Unfortunately, recent polls show that the public is unaware that conditions have improved at all. One poll, conducted for the nonprofit Foundation for Clean Air Progress, found "7 out of 10 Americans are dead wrong about current air quality trends."

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