Appalachian Mountain Club Encouraged by EPA's Proposed Strengthening of Ozone Health Standard

The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) welcomes a Nov. 26 proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce ozone-laden smog pollution by strengthening federal air-quality standards, according to AMC Staff Scientist Georgia Murray. 
“AMC has monitored rural ozone pollution in New Hampshire since the 1980s, and its impacts on the lungs of people who engage in outdoor recreation,” Murray said.  “AMC’s collaborative research on hikers’ lung response to ozone pollution in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and hundreds of other scientific studies, show that ozone air pollution is detrimental to human health and well-being. AMC is encouraged by EPA’s proposed plan to strengthen the ozone public health standard.  However, we believe that according to the science, too much risk has been left on the table.”