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Lung Association Event to Highlight Congressional Threats to Maine's Air Quality
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Friday, October 14, 2011 at Sable Oaks in South Portland

The American Lung Association of Maine is holding its Annual Awards Ceremony & Luncheon, which will focus on the Clean Air Act and current proposals in the US House and Senate to weaken or delay healthy air standards

Who:  Pre-event interviews will be possible starting at 10:30 AM

Curt Spalding, Keynote Speaker and Administrator for the New England (Region I) Environmental Protection Agency (not available until 11:45)

John Chandler, Maine Bureau of Air Quality

Rhonda Vosmus, Respiratory Therapist and Asthma Educator from Portland

Lisa and Mark Conley, and their 11-year-old son Jake, who has asthma.  The Conley’s are from Raymond and recently visited Washington DC to share their family’s story with Maine’s Congressional delegation.

Ed Miller, American Lung Association of Maine

 Various individuals and organizations will be honored for their outstanding commitment to improving lung health and air quality in Maine.

When:  Friday, October 14, 2011
Pre-event interviews: 10:30 or after
Event: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: The Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks
200 Sable Oaks Drive
South Portland, Maine 04106

Why:  Despite 40 years of protecting and improving health in the U.S., the Clean Air Act is under attack. Bills have been introduced in Congress to weaken or delay healthy air standards.  Senator Collins is sponsoring several measures that are of particular concern to the Lung Association for the dangerous health consequences they pose to Maine children, seniors, and others with lung disease. 

While our air quality has significantly improved over the past 40 years, our scientists have discovered that air pollution is dangerous at levels once thought to be safe. The American Lung Association is committed to protecting and defending the Clean Air Act. The law is especially important in Maine since it is the only tool we have to fight back against the tons of air pollution that blow into our state each year from outside our borders, making Maine the “tailpipe of the nation”.


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