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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

Groups say Gas Price Bill is "Trojan Horse" Attack on Clean Air Standards

May 17, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A House bill introduced to help address rising gas prices would also include provisions some say would gut clean air standards that protect public health.

The Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012 would require the Environmental Protection Agency to consider cost and feasibility in setting new air pollution standards. Dr. Karen McCoy, chief of the pulmonary division at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, says it would leave decisions about air-quality regulations in the hands of business and financial officials instead of health experts.

"Frankly, kind of like having the fox guard the chickens because they are doing it on the basis a lot of times of their business-related interests, as opposed to on the basis of health issues."

Besides affecting the health of children and adults with breathing difficulties and asthma, McCoy says, poor air quality can lead to more heart attacks, cancer deaths and strokes.

The American Lung Association is among the groups voicing concerns about the bill. Peter Iwanowicz, director of its Healthy Air Campaign, says high gas prices are no excuse to eliminate important protections for public health.

"The American public understand that gas prices are much more complex than EPA clean-air standards being the driving force. So, we think people are just using the high prices of gasoline as a Trojan horse for their desires to gut the Clean Air Act."

The Clean Air Act is working, Iwanowicz says, but more needs to be done. He cites the Lung Association's recently released "State of the Air" report, which found that more than 127 million Americans live in areas with unacceptable air quality.

Other groups opposing the bill include the American Heart Association and the American Public Health Association, while the Petroleum Marketing Association of America and the National Association of Manufacturers are among the supporters.

The EPA is prohibited from considering cost when setting air-quality regulations.

The bill is expected to pass a House committee this week and could go up for a vote in the full House by the end of the month.

The Lung Association's report is available online at stateoftheair.org.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH