Letter: Clean air necessary



I was pleased to see the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s recent article on the new EPA limits on ozone pollution (“Air quality remains hot topic despite stricter EPA limits,” Oct. 26, 2015).

Unfortunately, some in Congress are pushing an extreme agenda that would force EPA to roll back clean air protections. They are targeting the recently announced Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants, and the newly updated ozone pollution limit that will lead to 230,000 fewer asthma attacks and 160,000 fewer missed school days every year.

Sad to say that the much-lauded health benefits of these clean air rules will never be realized if some in Congress have their way. The only winner in such a scenario would be polluters.

Ozone pollution is dangerous. If Congress blocks the stronger standard, we’d be forced to continue relying on a weak and outdated standard — one that the American Lung Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and many other health organizations say denies your right to know when the ozone pollution in your community potentially places your family’s health in harm’s way.

That’s why we must make our expectations known to Congress and the White House. Join me in urging our elected officials in Washington to not jeopardize public health by attacking clean air protections.

Ken Fletcher
Advocacy Specialist
American Lung Association in Michigan

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