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Proposed standards to reduce air pollution - America is still waiting

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Cars and light trucks are one of the biggest sources of air pollution in America—but we have a chance to dramatically slash dangerous tailpipe pollution in a way applauded by environmentalists and automakers alike, according to Heather Shelby of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

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The long-awaited proposed standards would:

· Prevent up to 2,400 deaths every year,

· Prevent 3,200 hospital admissions and asthma-related emergency room visits every year,

· And prevent tens of thousands of cases of respiratory illnesses in children every year.

All we need to move forward is to finalize the proposed standards.

How would it work? By building on existing standards that EPA created in 2000 using a "systems" approach. These standards tackle the air pollution problem at two of its sources at the same time—by reducing impurities in gasoline, so what you put into your car is cleaner, and by improving cars' engine systems, so what comes out of our car is cleaner.

The new proposal would establish a 70% tighter limit on particulate matter—more commonly known as soot, and one of the most dangerous types of air pollution. It has been linked to asthma attacks, bronchitis, heart attacks, and other types of heart and lung diseases.

The proposed standards would also reduce other types of noxious air pollution, like carbon monoxide, benzene, and butadiene. In the meantime, they would reduce the amount of sulfur in gasoline by more than 60%—allowing even older vehicles to run cleaner.

These standards were supposed to be finalized by the end of 2013—but we're still waiting.

TAKE ACTION: Ask President Obama to finalize these life-saving standards immediately.

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