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American Lung Association brings EPA to court

According to claims made by the American Lung Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is failing to protect America’s health.

The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to examine federal air quality standards in light of on-going scientific study to identify harmful pollutants and improve preventative technology. The suit follows the EPA filing a brief in federal court stating that they would not complete the mandatory review until August 15, 2012 - almost 22 months after the federally mandated deadline, reports Channel 7 ABC Local.

"From a legal point of view, this case is about enforcing the deadline, but the reason that enforcing that deadline is so important is because the standards that are in place right now are known not to be adequate to protect public health," Paul Cort, an attorney representing the American Lung Association, told the news source.

Homeowners concerned about the impact of poor air quality can invest in a home air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus to reduce exposure to toxins that have been linked to increased risk of heart attack, stroke and some cancers. If the EPA is failing to meet the mandatory deadlines set by the Clean Air Act, it may be more important than ever for the average homeowner to protect his or her home and loved ones.