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Missoula supports Clean Air Act

By KECI Staff
Published On: Dec 10 2012 09:21:26 PM MST
Updated On: Dec 10 2012 10:09:53 PM MST
Missoula supports Clean Air Act
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The city of Missoula is supporting President Obama's Clean Air Act, calling on the President to fully support and employ the act.

Monday evening Missoula City Council members passed a resolution, 10-2,  in support of the measure, which includes new limits on soot pollution, which is made up of with very small particulate matter.

The American Lung Association says the resolution does not require any action, but makes it clear to Montana's delegation in Washington, D.C., that the city of Missoula supports cleaner air standards.

Kim Davitt is the Montana Initiatives Manager for the American Lung Association.  She tells NBC Montana, "The resolution states that Missoula has worked hard to protect its air quality, that there is a link between air quality and public health, there are numerous people in Montana who are struggling with lung illnesses, and a strong soot standard would protect public health and it would save lives and money."

On Friday, December 14, the Environmental Protection Administration and the Obama Administration will consider implementing the new limits.