What Americans Think About EPA


  • The American Lung Association conducted a nationwide, bipartisan survey to examine voters’ views of the Clean Air Act and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) efforts to update and enforce lifesaving clean air standards, including carbon and mercury pollution from power plants. The polling information has national data and state data for Maine, Pennsylvania and Ohio. The results show broad support for strengthening air pollution standards.

    City Rankings

    The American Lung Association State of the Air 2012 report ranks the metropolitan areas based on ozone and particle pollution during 2008, 2009 and 2010. For particle pollution, we rank separately the areas with high year-round (annual average) levels and high short-term levels (24-hour) found in monitoring sites across the United States. We take official data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to compile the rankings. For more information about how we grade and rank cities, go to Methodology.

    Most Polluted Cities

    The cities are ranked by the air quality in the most polluted county in the metropolitan area. Click on the city name to open links to a chart of the trends for ozone and year-round particle levels, as well as more information about air pollution and the local Lung Association. Note that some cities rank high on one list and don’t show up on other lists because of the differences in their pollution problems. Each city includes all the counties that form the economic and transportation network that makes up the metropolitan area as defined by the federal government.

    Cleanest Cities

    The cities on the cleanest cities lists for ozone and for short-term levels of particle pollution had no days with unhealthy levels of ozone or particle pollution. These lists are not ranked because all the cities earned the same scores. The cities on the list of the cleanest for year-round particle pollution levels are ranked by their average levels of particles, as calculated by the EPA. Note that some cities are clean for one category, but not for others.  County rankings and cleanest county lists are also available in the full report.

    American Lung Association June 16, 2011 Memorandum Voters Strongly Support EPA Action on Smog (Voters in Potentially Impacted Regions Say Stricter Smog Rules)

    Getting 75 percent of Americans to agree on anything is challenging, but 75 percent of American voters polled said they support the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) setting stricter limits on life-threatening ozone smog.

    Survey Says: Bipartisan Voters Nationwide Support the Clean Air Act, Oppose Congressional Interference

    (February 16, 2011)—The people have spoken. Just one day before the U.S. House of Representatives votes on a bill that would severely impact the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to protect public health from air pollution, the American Lung Association has released a new bipartisan survey examining public views of EPA’s updating and enforcing clean air standards. The national survey finds that likely voters support the Clean Air Act and have sharply different opinions than the Members of Congress who are working to limit EPA’s authority to update and enforce air pollution standards, including on carbon dioxide.


House Appropriations Committee Votes for Dirty Water and a Slew of Damaging Anti-Environmental Riders

The House Appropriations Committee passed by a 26-19 vote the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill. The bill would slash EPA’s budget by about a fifth for fiscal year 2013, the lowest it has been funded since 1998 and deeply cut funding for other environmental programs including the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a program that provides critical resources for protecting national parks, wildlife refuges and local recreation areas.

237 Members of Congress Join “Dirty Water Gang” by Voting against Protections for America’s Waterways

Today, 237 members of Congress voted against better protections for places like the Chesapeake Bay, the Great Lakes, and many smaller streams, lakes, and wetlands across the country.   By opposing an amendment to the House “Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act” (H.R. 5325), introduced by Congressmen Jim Moran (VA) and John Dingell (MI), the majority of the House voted to block efforts by President Obama, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Army Corps of Engineers to ensure America’s waterways are better protected by the Clean Water Act.

New Poll Shows Protecting America’s Waterways is Good Policy and Good Politics

A new poll commissioned by the nation’s leading environmentalists and sportsmen organizations. In key Great Lakes and Rocky Mountain states shows that the public overwhelmingly supports an Obama administration proposal to restore protections for America’s rivers, lakes, streams, and wetlands.

Hundreds of Elected Officials Speak Out for Protecting America’s Waterways

More than 400 elected officials from 30 different states have asked President Obama to protect America’s waterways. Today, Environment America released a list of 439 officials—from mayors to city council members to county commissioners to state legislators—who have sent letters or passed resolutions calling on the President to finalize proposed guidelines to restore Clean Water Act protections to many of the country’s rivers, lakes, streams, and wetlands.

More Than 170,000 Americans Urge EPA to Protect our Waterways

Washington, D.C. – On July 28, thousands of public comments were delivered to the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters calling for strong clean water protections. These comments, collected across the country, reflect widespread public endorsement of the Administration’s efforts to restore Clean Water Act protections to critical waterways and drinking water sources. Among those who commented were over 1,300 health professionals, 60 county officials, and over 250 sportsmen groups.   National organizations include American Rivers, Clean Water Action, Clean Water Network, Earthjustice, Environment America, Izaak Walton League, League of Conservation Voters, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club.


National Poll Shows Bipartisan Support For Stronger Protections From Toxic Chemicals – Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada Polls Mirror Nationwide Results

A nationwide poll and four separate, statewide polls found similar strong support for bolstering protections against toxic chemicals. By overwhelming bipartisan margins, Americans support strengthening the 35-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), according to new polls released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Coalition, and the Ecology Center.

New Poll Reveals Nearly 75% of Ohio Voters Support the Use and Expansion of Energy Efficiency TechnologiesIn Run-up to Governor’s Energy Summit, Majority of Ohioans Wants State Government and Utilities to Help Customers Become More Energy Efficient

20 Surveys: Strong Opposition Nationally and in Key Districts to U.S. House Members’ Actions to Block Public Health Protections: National Survey Shows Bipartisan Public Support for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Keep the EPA Strong – Let Them Do Their Job. February 2, 2011

Survey: Americans Say “No” to Attacks on Pollution Safeguards, Gingrich Plan to Dismantle EPA

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