Contacting Congress about the effects of Air Pollution in Detroit

In March 2012, I expressed concerns about the amount of air pollution in Detroit due to coal-fired plants to my U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow.

In her response, she referenced the Clean Air Act that was passed in 1970. This legislation established funding for the study and the cleanup of air pollution.The 1990 Clean Air Act is the most recent version of a law first passed in 1970 to clean up air pollution. The 1990 Amendments also placed an increased emphasis on more cost-effective approaches to reduce air pollution.

The Clean Air Act is a federal law covering the entire country. However, states, tribes and local governments do a lot of the work to meet the Act’s requirements.

Even though the legislation has made some impact to curb pollution and set standards for pollutants including carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, sulfur dioxide, and lead; she agreed and recognized there needs to be some great improvements made in order to protect our health and environment. Her fight to protect our environment and sustain our society is apparent as the Chairwoman of the Agriculture Committee and an appointed Senator of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. In the Senate, she has supported a number of proposals to invest in research and development of new technologies and cleaner sources of energy. I’m looking forward to contacting her again and I will continue to keep her informed about the issues of concern to me, my community,and my family.

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