Environmental Health

The American Lung Association of Wisconsin acknowledges the impact of poor air quality on lung disease, especially those with asthma and other acute or chronic lung diseases. We acknowledge that poor air quality also poses a serious threat to everyone, especially the elderly and young children. We acknowledge the scientific evidence that poor air quality can reduce lung function and cause irreparable damage to lung tissue.

 

We acknowledge that indoor air quality in schools has become a nationwide public health concern and can contribute to asthma, the leading cause of school absenteeism attributed to chronic diseases.

We also acknowledge the scientific evidence that federal air-quality standards are often insufficient to protect children from risk when playing outdoors on high air pollution days.

 

Additionally, we acknowledge that high ozone and particulate matter levels are a health hazard to all people with lung disease and can contribute to reduced lung function in healthy adults.

We believe that the quality of the air we breathe can be improved through thoughtful, scientifically based policies that reduce air pollution and airborne allergens.

As such, the American Lung Association of Wisconsin pledges to:

  • Support stricter National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone and Particulate Matter pollution, as determined by the ALA Government Relations office.
  • Support controls on motor vehicle emissions through state inspection and maintenance programs; use of cleaner fuels, including alternative fuels; and revised EPA standards for diesel engines and fuel.
  • Support the study and development of increased mass transit and alternative transportation options.
  • Support energy policies that are consistent with the goals of the federal Clean Air Act, including those that encourage a reduction in the use of fossil fuels and an increase in clean technologies and renewable energy sources.
  • Support legislation that reduces indoor air pollution and allergens, especially in schools, workplaces and dwellings.
  • Support the adoption of policies that require schools and child care facilities to practice least toxic pest control methods, such as integrated pest management and strategies to minimize exposure to pesticides.
  • Support local efforts to control or eliminate open burning.