“Twitter party” allows public to question experts on healthy air

From a press release by the American Lung Association.  The Iowa Environmental Council doesn’t typically work on federal issues, but if air quality matters to you, we think this event will have educational value.

The Lung Association is hosting a Twitter party Today from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (central time)  with air quality experts who will answer participants’ questions including the impact of air pollution on children’s health; how air quality and lung disease are closely related; and what steps parents should take to ensure the Clean Air Act remains a vital public health protection for generations to come.  The experts are

  • Paul Billings, Vice President of National Policy and Advocacy, American Lung Association,
  • Peter Iwanowicz, Director of the Healthy Air Campaign, American Lung Association, and
  • Janice Nolen, Assistant Vice President of National Policy and Advocacy, American Lung Association.

Continued attacks by some in Congress to weaken the Clean Air Act have become a serious threat to public health. The latest example is set to play out during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee meeting scheduled to take place at 9:00 a.m. today. The committee is expected to explore avenues to weaken, block or delay the life-saving benefits of the Power Plant Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.

Using the hashtag #FightingforAir, the Lung Association will tweet live updates from Capitol Hill relaying key points presented during this House committee meeting. Join the Lung Association afterwards for a Twitter party to hear about Congressional efforts to undermine clean air protections that will impact public health, and what you can do to protect your family.

How to participate:  Use the hashtag #FightingforAir to join this Twitter party and to submit healthy air questions to @LungAssociation. Participants’ healthy air questions will be answered by Lung Association experts.

And remember, the Iowa Environmental Council is on Twitter too–follow us @Iowa_Env.

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