Stronger Standards Mean Better Health: EPA Must Strengthen Limits on Particle Pollution

Air pollution is harming the health of millions of Americans. A report from the American Lung Association found that more than 4 in 10 people live in areas with unhealthy air quality. People of color face disproportionate risks and are 3.6 times more likely to live in the unhealthiest counties. Right now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering strengthening the national limits on a dangerous air pollutant - particle pollution. If they follow current science and strengthen the standards, the whole country could see immense health benefits. Join the American Lung Association and the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health in urging EPA to set strong new limits to make our air safer and healthier to breathe.

Dear Administrator Regan: 

Thanks to the work of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the nation’s air is much cleaner than it was before the Clean Air Act became law. However, communities across the country are still breathing harmful levels of particulate matter. The current National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter are too weak to fully protect people’s health. 

Please prioritize the health of families like mine by proposing and finalizing National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter that match what the science shows is necessary: 8 micrograms per cubic meter for the annual standard and 25 micrograms per cubic meter for the 24-hour standard. 

More protective levels are necessary to bring about health benefits nationwide and drive the cleanup of polluting sources, especially those that have long burdened communities of color disproportionately. Strengthening both the 24-hour and annual standards is important for achieving President Biden’s environmental justice goals. 

Signed,

MD, PhD , DO, RN, DNP, MSN, BSN, PN, LPN, LVN, MPH, CRT, RRT etc.

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Page last updated: July 7, 2022

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