AIR POLLUTION: Air Quality and Respiratory Problems in and Near the Great Smoky Mountains
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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Good afternoon. It is a pleasure to be here in beautiful Asheville today to speak with you about the air we breathe. Western North Carolina has a well-justified reputation for beautiful mountains and diverse species of plants and animals. But air quality remains a concern. For about the past 6 months, we have been working with Chairman Charles H. Taylor on a study of air quality in this area. Today, we are releasing the results of that study. 1 But, before we get into the results, let me tell you a little bit about who we are. As the Comptroller General, I head the U.S. General Accounting Office or GAO. GAO is part of the legislative branch of government, and we help the Members of Congress carry out their constitutional responsibilities. We perform audits, investigations, evaluations, and policy analyses, and we provide a range of legal services that span the entire scope and reach of the federal government from Social Security issues to national security issues. Simply stated, our mission is to help the Congress make government work better for all Americans.
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