Environment Rhode Island
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The Huffington Post
By
Lisa P. Jackson

Fifteen years ago this week, my youngest son spent his very first Christmas in the hospital fighting to breathe. It was one of his earliest battles with asthma, a disease both he and his brother have struggled with over the years. So when I say that clean air and children's health are top priorities for me as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, I'm saying that as a mother who knows exactly how vital clean air is to my own children's health. It's something I bring to work with me each day, and it's part of the reason I'm so excited about a recent step EPA took to safeguard the air we breathe and protect our kids from harm. Last week, we finalized the nation's first-ever Mercury and Air Toxics Standards -- or MATS -- for power plant emissions. Read more...