SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Lung Association in California commends Governor Brown for signing Assembly Bill 8 (Perea and Skinner), critical clean air legislation that will save lives and reduce lung illness. A co-sponsor of the bill along with the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association and CALSTART, the American Lung Association in California worked hard to pass AB 8 to protect communities around the state from harmful air pollution. "Air pollution leads to thousands of public health emergencies every year including asthma attacks, hospital and emergency room visits for respiratory illness and even heart attacks and strokes," said Marsha Ramos, Chair, American Lung Association in California Board of Directors. "The American Lung Association in California applauds Assemblyman Perea's leadership on AB 8 because clean air incentive dollars will cut toxic pollution and help children and families breathe easier." The Lung Association also commends co-author Nancy Skinner and principal co-author Senator Fran Pavley for their dedication to this bill.
Supported by health and medical organizations throughout the state, AB 8 will provide over $2 billion in funds over the next decade to reduce diesel emissions and support clean alternative fuels and technologies including electric and fuel cell vehicles and infrastructure. This infusion of clean air funding is exactly what is needed to help California meet federal clean air targets and the state's public health, climate and green energy goals.
California has the worst air quality in the country due in large part to transportation sources, and air pollution leads to thousands of public health emergencies every year including asthma attacks, hospital admissions for respiratory and cardiac illnesses, emergency room visits, heart attacks, strokes and even stunted lung development in children. The Carl Moyer Diesel Emissions Reduction Program and the AB 118 Clean Transportation Investment Program extended by AB 8 will cut health risks from toxic diesel soot and support emerging, advanced transportation technologies and fuels that cut pollution and move California beyond dirty energy sources.
The Carl Moyer Program has cleaned up more than 48,000 dirty diesel engines and removed 146,000 tons of smog-forming emissions from California's air since its inception. The AB 118 program has deployed 23,000 advanced clean and alternative fueled vehicles since 2007. Clean air projects funded under these programs include upgrades and replacements of trucks, buses, locomotives, agricultural and marine engines and deployment of infrastructure and vehicles that run on electricity, hydrogen and other cleaner fuels.
Air quality incentive programs like those included in AB 8 that support and enhance regulatory solutions have become a key part of the state's clean air and health strategy.
Contact: Maria Bernabe, 310-735-9184, Maria.Bernabe@lung.org
SOURCE American Lung Association in California