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CIty of Los Angeles vows support for Clean Air Act

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The Los Angeles City Council has passed a resolution affirming LA's commitment to the Clean Air Act.  

"Los Angeles supports the Clean Air Act, and we want to see this landmark environmental law used to tackle greenhouse gas pollution," said Councilman Paul Koretz. "Our city has been a leader in the fight against climate change, and we're proud to back federal efforts to reduce global warming hazards."

The vote stems from a campaign for Clean Air Cities, a project of the Center for Biological Diversity. Rose Braz directs the project. Municipalities that take a pledge to support the campaign each do so in their own way, says Braz. LA's resolution as proposed mentioned that "coal-fired power plants are the largest source of unregulated mercury pollution in the country, and mercury pollution threatens the health of between one in six and one in twelve women in Los Angeles."