For Immediate Release

The League of Women Voters of the United States released the following statement from national president, Elisabeth MacNamara, regarding President Obama’s decision to delay issuing new clean air standard for ozone smog pollution.

“In the face of political pressure from polluters, President Obama has backed down, a decision which will hurt those most threatened by air pollution, particularly children and seniors. Public opinion is clear - clean air and public health are more important than polluter profits. The science is clear - a new clean air standard for ozone smog is needed to protect peoples’ health.

“The League of Women Voters is deeply disappointed that President Obama has chosen more air pollution over the health of children and families and that he chose to announce his decision on a day when most Americans are thinking more about the long Labor Day weekend than about the implications of this harmful decision. We expected better from our President.