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Heat Advisory: Protecting Health on a Warming Planet
by Dr. Alan Lockwood

Drawing on peer-reviewed scientific and medical research, Dr. Lockwood meticulously details the symptoms of climate change and their medical side effects.

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Air Pollution

We all need clean air to breathe—yet many individuals and families live where air pollutants are making us sick, making us miss days from work and school, and contributing to unnecessary premature deaths. As health professionals and concerned U.S. residents, we oppose any weakening of clean air protections under the Clean Air Act.

PSR is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to require the agency to implement its own regulation of ground-level ozone, a dangerous air pollutant that can permanently damage lungs and aggravate heart ailments. 

Under the Clean Air Act, EPA is required to set National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for six air pollutants considered harmful to public health and the environment. Ozone is one of them. 

EPA strengthened its limits on ozone last year; now the EPA under Administrator Scott Pruitt is seeking to delay implementation of its own rules. PSR and several other litigants, including the American Lung Association, seek to sustain the health-protective rule.

PSR is also suing the EPA to prevent delay of an EPA rule that would slash discharges of toxic coal ash wastes into surface waters like rivers and streams. PSR’s Chesapeake chapter is one of the plaintiffs in this case; PSR/National has provided expert testimony.  Read it here

Economy not in jeopardy

Regulations to reduce air pollution in the U.S. do not hurt economic growth. For example, since 1970, ozone emissions have been cut by 70%, while our economy has grown by over 230%.

Climate Change and Air Pollution

Changes in climate are projected to affect air quality across the U.S. In already polluted areas, warmer temperatures are anticipated to increase ground-level ozone, a component of smog, and increase the number of days with poor air quality.

It is vitally important that health professionals speak out in favor of protecting the health of our communities and children by safeguarding the Clean Air Act.

Recent PSR Actions

PSR's comments on EPA Regional Haze Regulation

Letter opposing policy riders that weaken clean air protections in 2017 appropriations bill

PSR's comments to the EPA on strengthening ground-level ozone standards

air quality

Op-ed articles by PSR members


Ozone rule will protect children
From Pittsburgh pediatrician Ned Ketyer

Ozone rule will protect York from pollution
From Harrisburg doctor Robert Little

How much longer must Maine be the tailpipe of the nation?
From Maine doctor Peter Millard

EPA's regional haze regulation:

Activist asks: Give feedback for air quality improvements
From Palm Springs doctor Lani Miller

Page Updated July 13, 2017

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  • April 28, 2018
    2018 Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship Awards Ceremony
    Join Oregon PSR to celebrate the high school student winners of this year's scholarship. Featuring keynote speaker Marshallese anti-nuclear and climate activist and poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner. April 28 at 6 pm in Portland, Oregon.