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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hearing on ozone, Arlington, TX
January 29, 2015
I AM FRANK O’DONNELL, PRESIDENT OF CLEAN AIR WATCH, A NATIONAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO PROMOTING CLEANER AIR AND BETTER PUBLIC HEALTH CHIEFLY THROUGH EDUCATION.
THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TODAY ON EPA’S PROPOSAL TO UPDATE AIR QUALITY STANDARDS FOR OZONE, COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS SMOG.
AS YOU KNOW, THE AIR QUALITY STANDARDS ARE THE HEART – AND THE LUNGS – OF THE CLEAN AIR ACT. THESE STANDARDS HAVE HELPED BRING CLEANER AIR TO NORTH TEXAS AND THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. BUT CLEANER IS NOT THE SAME AS CLEAN.
I AM HERE TO TELL YOU THE CURRENT SMOG STANDARDS ARE TOO WEAK TO PROTECT OUR HEALTH. THEY ARE TOO WEAK TO PROTECT CHILDREN, TOO WEAK TO PROTECT SENIORS, TOO WEAK TO PROTECT THE VULNERABLE, INCLUDING MILLIONS WITH ASTHMA.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Monday, December 22, 2014
If every family decided to use green energy for their home, they would cut down on ‘greenhouse’ gases while taking a stand against climate change.
The four major greenhouse gases that are released into the atmosphere are carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane and fluorinated gases. Carbon dioxide is the number one pollutant. Its accumulation arises from fossil fuel burning in order to power our homes and fuel our cars and other methods of transportation. Deforestation also speeds up this accumulation because plants soak up carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the atmosphere. With fewer plants, this delicate balance is upset, resulting in less oxygen and more carbon dioxide.
Learn more about the Clean Air Act
The Clean Air Act is the law that defines EPA's responsibilities for protecting and improving the nation's air quality and the stratospheric ozone layer. The last major change in the law, the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, was enacted by Congress in 1990. Legislation passed since then has made several minor changes.