The Clean Air Act Turns 40

Today is the 40th year anniversary of the passage of the Clean Air Act. This landmark legislation, which Congress revised and expanded in 1990, provides the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the authority to regulate air pollutant emissions. EPA is celebrating the Clean Air Act’s anniversary today, by touting the health and environmental benefits achieved under the act over the past 40 years. According to EPA, these achievements include significant health benefits to children, improved air quality and public health, cleaner cars, trucks and transportation, combating acid rain, cleaner power plants, reducing industrial toxic air pollution, and reducing skin cancer by protecting the ozone layer.