Several of our members recently had editorial pieces in The Roanoke Times.
First, check out Dr. Stuart Tousman’s perspective on soot standards:
There is overwhelming scientific data demonstrating the negative health impacts of soot pollution in people with cardiac and respiratory disease. Particulate matter increases the risk of developing asthma, bronchitis and susceptibility to other respiratory diseases, even premature death. For those with heart disease, particulate matter is linked to increases in heart attacks and arrhythmias. According to a recent EPA report, the economic impact of implementing these standards in terms of health benefits will be $80 million a year, while the cost is estimated to be no more than $3 million a year.
Next, current Coalition chair George Steer advocates for tougher standards:
This month, the Environmental Protection Agency has the opportunity to give the gift of better protection against pollution. For our health, and the health of our most vulnerable members of the community, EPA must set strong new particle pollution standards.
Check them out and let us know what you think about stricter EPA standards on particulate matter.