New American Thoracic Society and Marron Institute Report Health of the Air Underscores Need, Health Benefits of Strong Air Pollution Standards
(August 10, 2016) - Washington, DC
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In response to today’s release of “Health of the Air,” a new report from the American Thoracic Society (ATS) and Marron Institute of Urban Management at New York University, Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, issued the following statement:
“Cleaning up ozone and particle pollution is essential to protecting the health of all Americans. The American Lung Association and the American Thoracic Society have long called for stronger air quality standards to drive this cleanup and provide health protections. Now, the new ‘Health of the Air’ report from the ATS and the Marron Institute calculates what the health benefits of meeting those standards could look like, showing that more must be done to ensure Americans are breathing healthy air.
“Their analysis found that ozone and particle pollution cause thousands of deaths, tens of thousands of serious illnesses and millions of impacted days, such as missed work or school days, each year. Nationwide, reducing ozone and particle pollution to the levels recommended by the ATS and the American Lung Association could save more than 9,000 lives every year.
“This research underscores the need for strong clean air protections, especially for the most vulnerable, including children, older adults and those in low-income communities, where air pollution takes a greater toll on health. To protect Americans’ health, the Lung Association calls for full implementation and enforcement of the updated ozone standard that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized last year. While less protective than the level recommended by the Lung Association and the ATS, this standard is a critical step toward cleaning up ozone pollution. In addition, the Lung Association supports strengthening the particle pollution standard, which is currently under initial review by EPA.
“Reducing ozone and particle pollution is essential to achieving the promise of the Clean Air Act: healthy air for all to breathe.”
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