Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hundreds of health and environmental groups urge President Obama to let EPA set a strong smog standard

An Open Letter to President Obama from
Groups Protecting Public Health

July 21, 2011

Dear Mr. President:

The undersigned organizations and our members and supporters – representing the health,medical, consumer, faith, community-based, environmental -communities – urge you to protect public health and the environment by supporting more protective standards forground-level ozone (smog).
Ozone, the primary component of smog, is the nation’s most pervasive air pollutant. Millions of Americans live in areas where the air pollution exceeds the levels where adverse health effects

Studies show that on days with elevated levels of ozone pollution, people suffer more asthma attacks, increased respiratory difficulty, and reduced lung function. Ozone even causes premature death. The effects are worse for sensitive populations including children, the
elderly, and people with asthma and other respiratory illness.

We call for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set a primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone at the most protective end of the range recommended by the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), and a secondary standard sufficient to protect
forests and plants throughout the nation from ozone damage as recommended by CASAC and the National Park Service. These standards, based on health science, are required to be set at a level that protects public health with an adequate margin of safety.

After extensive review, CASAC on March 30, 2011, unanimously advised EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson that the scientific evidence strongly supports a new primary ozone standard. The EPA estimates that setting a standard at the lower end of the range recommended by CASAC would save over 10,000 lives annually.

Throughout the years, the Clean Air Act has built a solid science and health foundation, making it one of the nation’s most effective public health laws. By saving millions of lives, avoiding millions of cases of pollution-related illness, and preventing millions of lost work
days, the Clean Air Act has also been an economic success story. The total benefits of the Clean Air Act between 1990 and 2010 exceeded total costs by an estimated 35 to 1.

Efforts to reduce ground-level ozone concentrations have also been successful, with levels declining in many cities, including Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Houston and Milwaukee over the last decade. But millions of Americans including children, the elderly and people of
color are still regularly exposed to smog levels that are unhealthy; as a result hundreds of thousands more are sick and tens of thousands die.

Now that the science is clear that the standards for ground-level ozone must be much tighter in order to protect public health, EPA has an obligation to follow the science. The agency should do so promptly by mid-summer as promised, in order to start the long overdue process
of delivering clean air to the American people.We urge you to act now and support truly protective ozone standards.


American Lung Association in Alabama
Cahaba Riverkeeper
Children's Environmental Protection
Alliance and Community Forums
American Lung Association in Alaska
GillepsieHall Health and Wellness
Western Resource Advocates
American Lung Association in Arizona
Arizona Asthma Coalition
Arizona PIRG (Arizona Public Interest
Research Group)
American Lung Association in Arkansas
American Lung Association in California
California Public Health Association-North
California Thoracic Society
Center for Biological Diversity
Citizen's Coalition for a Safe Community
Coalition for Clean Air
COFEM - Consejo de Federaciones
East Yard Communities for Environmental
Energy Independence Now
Environmental Law Foundation
Healthy Child Healthy World
Loma Linda University School of Medicine,
Division of Neonatology
Mercy Center for Lung and Esophageal
Physicians for Social
Rose Foundation for Communities and the
SF-Bay Area Physicians for Social
San Francisco Asthma Task Force
Siskiyou County Public Health Dept.
American Lung Association in Colorado
Colorado Environmental Coalition
Colorado Conservation Voters
National Environmental Health Association
American Lung Association in Connecticut
The Great Land Conservation Trust
American Lung Association in Delaware
Pulmonary Associates, Newark Delaware
District of Columbia
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Heart Association
American College of Preventive Medicine
American Heart Association
American Lung Association in the District
of Columbia
American Public Health Association
American Thoracic Society
Clean Air Watch
Clean Water Action
Community Action Partnership
Earth Justice
Energy Action Coalition
Environment America
Environmental Defense Fund
ENE (Environment Northeast)
Friends Committee on National Legislation
League of Conservation Voters
National Association of County & City
Health Officials
National Hispanic Environmental Council
Natural Resources Defense Council
Outdoor Alliance
Sierra Club
US Climate Action Network
American Lung Association in Florida
Common Ground for Conservation
Voces Verdes
American Lung Association in Georgia
Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
Citizens for Progressive Transit
Coalition for the Peoples' Agenda
Earth Covenant Ministry
Environmental Community Action Inc
Environment Georgia
GEORGIA Women's Action for New
Mothers & Others for Clean Air
American Lung Association in Hawaii
American Lung Association in Idaho
Climate Solutions
American Lung Association in Illinois
Citizens Against Ruining the Environment
Doctors Council SEIU
Easter Seals
Eco-Justice Collaborative
Environment Illinois
Environmental Law & Policy Center
Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition
Respiratory Health Association of
Metropolitan Chicago
Southeast Environmental Task Force
American Lung Association in Indiana
Indiana Toxics Action Project
Save the Valley
Valley Watch, Inc.
American Lung Association in Iowa
Iowa Environmental Council
American Lung Association in Kansas
American Lung Association in Kentucky
American Lung Association in Louisiana
Louisiana Bucket Brigade
American Lung Association in Maine
Bangor Area Public Health Advisory Board
Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition
The Choose To Be Healthy Partnership
Friends of Acadia
Healthy Aroostook
Healthy Communities of the Capital Area
Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine
Lamey-Wellehan Shoes
Maine Medical Association
Maine People's Alliance
Maine Public Health Association
Piscataquis Public Health Council
American Lung Association in Maryland
Crabshell Alliance
Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Chesapeake Physicians for Social
Playworkz Learning Centers
American Lung Association in
Environment Massachusetts
Conservation Law Foundation
MA Association for School-Based Health
Care, Inc.
Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition
Union of Concerned Scientists
American Lung Association in Michigan
Great Lakes Environmental Law Center
Saginaw Black Nurses Association
The West Michigan Environmental Action
Tri-County Asthma Coalition
American Lung Association in Minnesota
Environment Minnesota
Will Steger Foundation
American Lung Association in Mississippi
American Lung Association in Missouri
Environment Missouri
Concerned Citizens of Perryville
StraightUp Solar
American Lung Association in Montana
Citizens for a Better Flathead
Climate Solutions
Montana Audubon
Montana Association of Cardiac and
Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Montana Conservation Voters
Montana Environmental Information Center
Montana League of Women Voters
Montana Nurses Association
Montana Public Health Association
Park County Environmental Council
American Lung Association in Nebraska
American Lung Association in Nevada
New Hampshire
American Lung Association in New
Appalachian Mountain Club
Children's Alliance of New Hampshire
Green New Hampshire Audubon
New Jersey
American Lung Association in New Jersey
Environment New Jersey
New Jersey YMCA State Alliance
New Mexico
American Lung Association in New Mexico
Environment New Mexico
WildEarth Guardians
New York
Adirondack Mountain Club
American Lung Association in New York
Clean Air Coalition of Western New York
Environmental Advocates of New York
Environment New York
Haven of Hope Foundation Inc.
Healthy Schools Network
New York City Environmental Justice
New York State Thoracic Society
Pace Energy and Climate Center
Renewable Energy Long Island
Transportation Alternatives
Tri-State Transportation Campaign
US Environmental Watch
North Carolina
American Lung Association in North
Clean Air Carolina
Cleveland County Asthma Coalition;
Shelby, NC
NC Conservation Network
NC League of Conservation Voters
Pitt County Memorial Hospital
R D Coates & Assoc
Western North Carolina Alliance
North Dakota
American Lung Association in North Dakota
Presentation Sisters
American Lung Association in Ohio
Energy Action Coalition
Environmental Health Watch
Environment Ohio
Ohio Environmental Council
Ohio Interfaith Power and Light
Ohio Public Health Association
Silvertip Productions, Ltd.
American Lung Association in Oklahoma
American Lung Association in Oregon
Climate Solutions
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns, A
Program of
Northwest Environmental Defense Center
Allergy Asthma and Immunology Section of
Penn State University
American Lung Association in Pennsylvania
The Center for the Celebration of Creation
Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future
Clean Air Council
Conservation Consultants, Inc.
Group Against Smog and Pollution
Healthy Communities Partnership of
Greater Franklin County
Health Educators for Cultural Diversity
InRegion Sustainability Consulting LLC
Mission Incorporated
Northwest Pennsylvania Green Economy
Taskforce (NWPAGE)
PA Public Health Association
Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse
Philadelphia Physicians for Social
Sadler Health Center Corp
Students for Environmental Action
United Steelworkers Local 404
Veterinary Medical Specialists of
Pittsburgh, Inc.
Women for a Healthy Environment
Rhode Island
American Lung Association in Rhode Island
Environmental Justice League of Rhode
Childhood Lead Action Project
Rhode Island State Nurses Association
South Carolina
American Lung Association in South
Conservation Voters of South Carolina
South Dakota
American Lung Association in South
American Lung Association in Tennessee
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
American Lung Association in Texas
Downwinders at Risk
Environment Texas
Flower Mound Shares
Health Professionals for Clean Air
Trinity- First Weekday Ministries
American Lung Association in Utah
Breathe Utah
Utah Chapter of the American Academy of
Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club
Utah Moms for Clean Air
Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment
Wasatch Clean Air Coalition
American Lung Association in Vermont
Idle-Free VT Inc.
Vermont Public Health Association
Vermont Public Interest Research Group
American Lung Association in Virginia
Health Care Without Harm
American Lung Association in Washington
Climate Solutions
Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith
Power & Light
Institute of Neurotoxicology & Neurological
Washington Asthma Initiative
West Virginia
American Lung Association in West Virginia
American Lung Association in Wisconsin
American Lung Association of Wyoming
Midwest Environmental Advocates
Saving Our Air Resource
Wisconsin Environment
Wisconsin Asthma Coalition

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