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American Lung Association Responds to EPA Ozone Standard Update, Impact on Public Health
Dear Health Professionals for Clean Air,
Today the Federal EPA released a long-overdue new national standard to better protect health against ozone pollution. We view this new ozone standard as an improvement, but we are disappointed that the rule does not go far enough to provide the level of health protection needed to keep all Californians safe, including our most vulnerable residents. By establishing a new standard of 70 parts per billion (ppb), the higher end of the range (65-70) under consideration, the rule leaves significant health protections on the table. The Lung Association and other health and medical experts called for the level to be set at 60 ppb. The announcement of the new standard follows a process set in motion due to lawsuits by the American Lung Association and others against the EPA for failing to review and update the standard according to statutory requirements.
Here is the link to the national press statement and our California news release sent out to the media today. Information on ozone health effects is available here. Further background information is available on EPA’s website: http://www3.epa.gov/ozonepollution/actions.html#current.
You can also retweet from our Twitter account here.
Below are the key messages we are sharing with our partners and the media:
· The new EPA national ozone standard is a an important step forward, but does not deliver the full level of health protection needed. Throughout the update process, the American Lung Association, other health organizations and scientific advisers to the EPA have recommended the strongest possible standard of 60 ppb.
· Ozone pollution threatens public health and can be deadly. Ozone is a corrosive gas that can burn our lungs and airways, causing them to become inflamed, reddened, and swollen. Children, teenagers, seniors, and people with lung diseases like asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and others are particularly vulnerable to the health effects of ozone. Health effects of ozone exposure can range from shortness of breath, chest pain and coughing to increased asthma attacks and even premature death.
· The new standard will save lives and avoid health emergencies. Research has shown that thousands of early deaths will be avoided nationally each year through the new standard. In California, 160,000 asthma attacks among children and 120,000 missed school days will be prevented each year through tightening the standard to 70 ppb. The new standard will also help California avoid over $2 billion in health and medical costs.
· California has the worst air quality in the country and the only two “extreme” ozone non-attainment areas in the country. Our residents are depending on the federal Clean Air Act for health protection.
· Health impacts from ozone exposure have been identified in research below the level of the current standard, making this revision critical to improve health. A large body of scientific evidence shows that asthma attacks as well as hospitalizations and emergency room visits for respiratory illnesses and premature deaths occur at levels below the current standard.
·We look forward to working with the EPA to strengthen the standard so that it will protect all people from harm due to air pollution, including the most vulnerable individuals.
Please let me know if you have any questions or need further information. We have additional information and fact sheets available for those who need more detail on ozone health effects and the ozone standard review process.
All the best,
Jenny Bard | Director, Partner Engagement and Media Advocacy
American Lung Association in California
333 Hegenberger, Suite 450, Oakland, CA 94621
Ph: 707-775-6044 | email@example.com
CSPR: Building Better Pulmonary Programs
- Quarterly professional meetings held regionally.
- Annual "Art and Science of Pulmonary Rehabilitation" conference.
- An affiliate of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), CSPR is dedicated to providing professional education and communication for the advancement of pulmonary health and rehabilitation.
- CSPR represents and supports our members through public and legislative advocacy by interacting with state and federal entities on issues that affect our patients and our profession.
- CSPR members frequently participate in
- AACVPR’s annual Day on the Hill in Washington D.C.
- American Association Respiratory Care (AARC) legislative efforts
- COPD Foundation advocacy campaigns
- CSPR fosters and supports the exchange of ideas and best practices that reduce debility from pulmonary disease through education, prevention and disease self-management.
- Members actively participate in research to enhance the practice and understanding of pulmonary rehabilitation.