1,800+ Health Pros Tell Congress: Clean Air!

(February 11, 2011)

Leading public health organizations announced that 1,882 physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, certified asthma educators and other health and medical professionals from all 50 states and the District of Columbia sent a letter to President Obama, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives urging them to uphold the protections established in the Clean Air Act. The letter was released as the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on Rep. Upton’s (R-MI) bill proposing elimination of many Clean Air Act protections.

In the letter, the individuals who treat and care for patients and people who suffer from asthma and other lung diseases recognized the threat to one of the nation’s strongest public health laws.  As the letter says:

“Communities across the nation still suffer from poor air quality. Low income families face the impacts of toxic air pollution every day. From smog causing asthma attacks to toxic mercury harming children’s neurological development, far too many people face a constant threat from the air they breathe and the impacts of climate change.”

Health professionals and others can still sign on the letter to support the Clean Air Act. If you are a health professional, you can sign this letter to join your colleagues. If you are a person who suffers or who loves someone who suffers from lung disease, or if you just care about having clean, healthy air to breathe, you can sign this letter.