AIR QUALITY - Mitch Perry

04/29/04

The American Lung Association released their Annual Clean Air Tests for Air Pollution today....And nearly every county in the Tampa Bay Region improved their grades from just a year ago....But in some cases, the improvement, as in the case of Hillsborough, manatee, and Sarasota counties, means only getting a "D" Grade...

Jolene Nixon is the Program Coordinator for the American Lung Association of Florida - Gulf Coast Area..... (roll tape#1 o.q."as strong as it is")

The American Lung Association annual state of the Air Report - released nationwide today.....is also supposed to be improved in terms of how it produced its analysis..Again, Program and Legislative Coordinator for the ALA for the Gulf Coast Area, Jolene Nixon

(roll tape#2 o.q."grade that way")

The American Lung Association says that relatively low ozone levels can affect even healthy people's ability to breathe, leading to shortness of breath, chest pain when inhaling deeply, wheezing and coughing. Long-term exposure can result in reduced breathing ability and increases the risk of respiratory disease later in life.

In its news release sent out today, the American Lung Asssociation took a shot at the Bush Administration's actions to roll back key provisions of the Clean Air Act, and their delays in carrying out its existing provisions....Again, The ALA's Jolene Nixon roll tape#3 o.q."interfere with that")

OUTRO:. Last year, the EPA reversed a provision of the Clean Air Act that would have required the nation's oldest, dirtiest power plants and oil refineries to meet clean air standards. The American Lung Association sued to stop that rollback, and in a December 2003 DC Circuit Court ruling blocked EPA's efforts until the court can hear the full case. The American Lung Association has successfully sued EPA to set schedules for ending the delays on other key provisions.

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