The Latest On: The Right to Breathe
Health and Environmental Groups Challenge EPA to Update Clean Air Standards for New Wood Boilers and Furnaces
The partner organizations behind the May, 2013 event “50 States United for Healthy Air” penned a letter praising President Obama’s plan to combat climate change and reminding readers of their moral obligation to preserve the planet for future generations.
A federal appeals court ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency violated the Clean Air Act when in 2008 it ignored the unanimous recommendation of its independent science advisors and set smog standards that do not assure the protection of forests and vegetation from ozone damage. Unfortunately, the same court also decided to uphold a weak health standard for ozone—which has been found to worsen asthma and other lung diseases—that these same scientific advisors had found failed to protect public health.