Life-saving air quality protections are under threat by polluter allies in Congress

What's At Stake

Everyone deserves the right to breathe clean air.

For over 50 years, the Clean Air Act has improved the lives of millions of people across the country by regulating air pollution, allowing us to breathe easier and live healthier. However, polluting industries have fought progress every step of the way, making pollution a continued public health threat for many. 

In recent months, the Biden administration has made big strides in public health and environmental protection through executive agency rulemakings including setting standards that protect us from deadly air pollutants. These finalized standards would reduce toxic emissions across industries from manufacturing, to agriculture and transportation, resulting in saved lives and clearer skies. 

Throughout the rulemaking process, polluting industries worked to weaken these rules, and now with the standards finalized, polluters have gone to court to challenge our life-saving air quality protections. Not only that, but polluters have also enlisted allies in Congress to use an extreme tool to weaken our clean air and we need your help to stop them. 

Congress’s weapon of choice is the Congressional Review Act, a back-door tactic that allows them to erase recently finalized protections with little debate and zero public input. Now, they’re using it to go after one of the most sweeping clean air protections we have: the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter (aka PM2.5 or soot). This recently strengthened standard will save thousands of lives and avert nearly 1 million asthma attacks annually, but polluters and their allies in Congress are trying to overturn that progress. 

We cannot let Congress repeal these rules and allow polluters to continue to poison our families and neighborhoods. We must demand that our elected officials show strong support for impacted communities to stop attacks on health and climate protections. Send a letter to your Congressperson now. 

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People enjoy a sunny afternoon in a Los Angeles park with a view of the downtown skyline. (Chris Delmas / AFP via Getty Images)

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