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Letter to the editor: Keep Clean Air Act intact

| Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
The headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington.
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The headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington.

To the editor:

Breathing is entirely overrated ... at least that seems to be the stance of the Environmental Protection Agency, which is proposing to roll back some requirements of the Clean Air Act.

I am not OK with weaker vehicle emissions standards allowing more smoke to spew out the tailpipe, filling my lungs with more dirty particles in the air. Who wants more smog and pollution?

Rolling back EPA standards will not help me to breathe easier. I read a report from an environmental advocacy group that shows the air in Pittsburgh every one of two days does not meet “safe” standards for breathing. Dangerous levels of air pollution can cause asthma attacks, cardiac problems and other health issues.

If the EPA would build and strengthen emission standards, I would have happier lungs. I oppose any effort by the Trump Administration and the EPA to roll back EPA regulations and hope others will speak out and urge our elected officials to oppose rolling back standards, too.

Adrienne Weiss

Monroeville

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