In response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule to maintain the current National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter, American Lung Association President and CEO Harold Wimmer issued the following statement:
“Particulate matter causes premature deaths. The Clean Air Act requires EPA to set national air pollution standards that protect public health with an adequate margin of safety. Today’s decision fails to follow the latest science and fails to set pollution limits on particulate matter that protect the health of Americans.
“We call on President-elect Joe Biden to put a high priority on significantly strengthening the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter. The new administration has an obligation to restore sound science as the foundation of policymaking, and the science is very clear that particle pollution makes people sick and causes premature death at levels the Trump administration says are safe.
“Stronger particle pollution standards are a vital tool for not only reducing dangerous air pollution, but also addressing climate change. Setting, implementing and enforcing science-based limits can also drive pollution cleanup in communities that have long borne a disproportionate burden. As evidence mounts that air pollution and adverse COVID-19 outcomes are linked, and as people of color continue to suffer disproportionate COVID-19 death rates, President-elect Biden needs to make slashing particle pollution a top priority.”
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.