Recreational and environmental groups call for stronger clean air protections

The Appalachian Mountain Club released a letter this week with 15 other regional and national organizations calling on President Obama to issue strong national ozone standards. The letter comes on the heels of a report1 by partner organization National Parks Conservation Association that found many of our national parks are still plagued by air pollution. In fact 36 out of the 48 parks examined have unhealthy air at times, with levels that put youth and active people at risk.

The letter asks the Obama Administration to “advance a health-based ozone standard that reduces the threat of ozone to our lungs as we and our children exercise, play, or work in the outdoors. And we ask you to advance a separate ecosystem standard adequate to fully protect the natural, historic, and cultural values of places ranging from the Appalachian Mountains to Sequoia National Park and the precious species that inhabit them."
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The standards for ozone pollution– commonly known as smog –are set under the Clean Air Act.  The current health standard is 75 parts per billion. Studies indicate that level puts people with asthma, young children, the elderly, and others at greater risk for lung and heart disease than the standard recommended by health scientists and supported by the AMC, which is 60 ppb. The agency is also required to issue welfare standard for ozone to protect the health of crops and forests.  Ozone pollution can cause substantial damage to trees and plants, stunting their growth, making them much more susceptible to disease and drought, and causing yellowing or mottled leaves.

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