A message from Dan Jacobson, Environment California Legislative Director
Over the last few years, Environment California members have helped us pass new rules to reduce air pollution from cars, SUVs, and diesel trucks and to stop the Bush administration from weakening the Clean Air Act. Now, we need your help to strengthen air quality standards for ozone smog pollution, which can trigger asthma attacks and harm even the healthiest lungs.
The U.S. EPA proposed a slight strengthening of standards for ozone smog pollution, but the proposal falls short of what EPA's own scientific advisors said is necessary to protect public health. And it even leaves the door open to not strengthening the ozone standards at all.
Now, the EPA is coming to Los Angeles and only four other cities across the country to hear what the public thinks of its weak air quality proposal. We need your help to pack the room with clean air supporters!
If you have a few minutes in the morning, at lunch, or after work on Thursday, August 30, please sign up to attend the hearing. Click on the following link to sign up:https://www.environmentcalifornia.org/action/clean-air/rsvp?id4=ES
We'll help you prepare and give you talking points for your testimony.
WHAT: EPA hearing about proposed air quality standards
WHEN: Thursday, August 30, 2007, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
WHERE: Wilshire Grand Hotel, 930 Wilshire Blvd., Downtown LA
Then ask your friends and family to help by forwarding them this email. We hope to see you there!
Ozone is a powerful pollutant that can burn our lungs and airways, causing health effects ranging from coughing and wheezing to asthma attacks and even premature death. Children, teenagers, senior citizens, and people with lung disease are particularly vulnerable to the health effects of ozone.
Environment California, the American Lung Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Thoracic Society, and many other public health and environmental experts have recommended an ozone standard of 0.060 ppm.
On June 20, however, EPA proposed strengthening the national air quality standard for ozone to within a range of 0.070 to 0.075 ppm, weaker than what the agency's scientific advisors say is necessary to protect public health. While stronger than the current ozone standard, the proposal does not go far enough to protect all Americans from the harmful effects of ozone pollution.
Alarmingly, the new EPA proposal also leaves the door open to retaining the current ozone standard, which scientists and even EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson have said is not strong enough to protect public health. Not coincidentally, in the weeks leading up to the release of EPA's proposal, representatives for the electric utilities, chemical industry, Big Oil, and the automakers organized high-level meetings with Bush administration officials to discuss the new ozone standard.
In June, the Bush administration opened a public comment period on the ozone proposal. Many of you already have sent emails to EPA calling for a strong ozone standard. Now, EPA will hold five public hearings on the proposed standards, including one in Los Angeles on Thursday, August 30th from 9:00 am- 9:00 pm. The hearing will be held at the Wilshire Grand Hotel at 930 Wilshire Blvd in downtown LA.
Our goal is to pack the room with clean air supporters. We need your help to urge the administration to finalize a strong ozone standard to protect public health, not polluters.
If you have a few minutes in the morning, at lunch, or after work on August 30, please attend the hearing at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. Click on the following link to sign up:
Then ask your friends and family to help by forwarding them this email. We hope to see you there!https://www.environmentcalifornia.org/action/clean-air/rsvp?id4=ES
Environment California Legislative Director
P.S. Thanks again for your support. Please feel free to share this e-mail with your family and friends.