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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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Vote for clean air!

July 17, 2017

Just as communities across the U.S. are experiencing soaring summer temperatures and dangerous levels of air pollution, Congress is attempting to dismantle our clean air protections.

In fact, a bill being considered by Congress would delay lifesaving improvements in air quality standards and permanently weaken the Clean Air Act.

The so-called "Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017" (H.R. 806) is coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives in the next few days.  H.R. 806 would delay stronger health protections against ozone for at least eight years.  Ozone can cause asthma attacks, worsen heart disease and affect fetal development, so the bill would mean eight years of illnesses and premature deaths that could have been avoided.

The bill would not just weaken protections from ozone. H.R. 806 would also permanently weaken the Clean Air Act by lengthening the frequency with which the EPA reviews the science on ozone, lead, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide—from once every five years to once every ten.

Ten years is far too long to wait to protect our health from levels of pollution that the science shows are dangerous.

Tell your representative to defend clean air and the Clean Air Act by vigorously opposing H.R. 806, the "Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017."

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Resources

  • PSR Expert Testimony on Coal Ash

    Chesapeake PSR is suing the EPA over a proposed delay in a rule that slashes coal ash waste discharges into rivers and streams. PSR National Environment & Health Director Barbara Gottlieb gave expert testimony on the health impacts of coal ash disposal. Read more »

  • Barbara Gottlieb's Testimony on EPA Methane Standards

    On July 10, 2017, PSR Environment & Health Director Barbara Gottlieb testified before the EPA against a proposed rollback of a methane regulation that would reduce leaks from oil and gas wells. Read more »

  • Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit

    PSR and the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units have just introduced the updated Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit (PEHT). This free web app offers evidenced-based information for clinicians to educate parents about how to reduce toxic exposures during well-child visits. Read more »

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