Missoulian: Federal Clean Air Act protects health and lives of Montanans

Simply put, clean air is essential to life. That is what the Clean Air Act is all about. We know dirty air can cause death and debilitating disease. We also know that it is essential that we continue to improve our air quality if we are to protect public health.

That is why we are concerned about ongoing attempts in Congress to undermine this important protection.

Recently, while Congress struggled to pass a budget, some members of the House and Senate tried to strip away or postpone sensible protections in the Clean Air Act that safeguard Americans and their families from toxic air pollution.

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., deserves recognition for his strong votes in support of the health of Montana families and against corporate polluters. Rep. Denny Rehberg, in a House vote, did the opposite, voting for dirty sky over the Big Sky.

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