House approves $1.2 billion for air quality program, air pollution enforcement bill, pollution enforcement
The House on Wednesday approved $1 billion for the Office of Air and Environmental Quality, a major overhaul of federal air and ground pollution enforcement programs.
The House approved $750 million for the National Pollution Prevention and Control Act, which aims to help states combat air pollution.
The bill also includes $25 million for a new program to help businesses reduce emissions of mercury, arsenic, and other toxic chemicals, as well as $20 million to promote the development of the Clean Air Act.
It also included $2.5 million to help combat the spread of airborne viruses such as coronavirus, which can cause severe health problems in some Americans.
The Clean Air and Clean Water Acts of 1970 and 1988 were passed by Congress to combat air pollutants, including ozone, particulate matter, and nitrogen dioxide.
The bills were designed to limit the damage caused by pollution.