Watching Government - Clean or dirty

Do Americans breathe reasonably clean air? Or are smog and soot levels high enough in some areas to justify tougher controls on refineries and the fuels they produce? The debate rages on.An Apr. 29 American Lung Association report found particulate (soot) levels endanger one quarter of the US population; low-level ozone (smog) compromises half the country.Small children and the elderly are the most vulnerable to elevated pollution, ALA said.Health crisisThe group used the same data state and local agencies give to the US Environmental Protection Agency. ALA said its findings reinforce the need for the public and policymakers to respond quickly to a public health crisis. Motorists can help...

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