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Press Release

    Citizen's Issue Summary: Acid Rain

    03/15/2000

    What Is “Acid Rain”?
    The so-called “acid rain” issue has been used for many years to press for more regulations and restrictions on the activities of citizens throughout America. Alarmists claim that acid rain has wiped out fish in many lakes and streams, destroyed forests, ruined crops and buildings, and that it poses a serious threat to human health.

    What is referred to as “acid rain” is simply rain that has absorbed airborne particles from both natural and manmade sources. Although some groups continue to try to scare Americans with stories of acid rain, scientific evidence shows that these stories are greatly exaggerated.

    The truth is that after a decade of research, scientists have concluded that the so-called threat of acid rain is largely nonexistent.

    Acid Rain:
    Headline or Hoax?
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