We are concerned with your health and purifying the air you breathe for a healthy body, able to enjoy all the things you do. Recent federal government budget cuts, however, are less concerned with these factors.
Some national examples, according to John Miller of the Associated Press include:
In Texas, Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican presidential candidate, signed a budget that cut funding for the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality more than 30 percent, from $833 million to $565 million. That included reducing air quality inspections and assessments.
Oregon, for example, reduced air pollution monitoring, as the Department of Environmental Quality faces budget cuts through 2013.
The state Department of Environmental Protection in Pennsylvania has seen general fund support slip from $217 million in 2009 to $140 million, levels last seen in 1994.
Further, the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Air Act may be a good start, but is not enough to protect Americans from air pollution. Says Amy Mail of the National Resources Defense Council, the "EPA’s proposed emission reductions for toxic air pollutants are based on the maximum achievable level of control in 1999, not on today’s technologies." This kind of outdated measurement may result in procedures that are more like bailing water out of a leaking boat than plugging the hole.
There is still much to be done by factories, by the government, by legislation, but in the mean time, purify the air you breathe with us. It's one thing you can control in an unsure world.