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E-M:/ physicians on engler's air panel support epa regulations



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Enviro-Mich message from davemec@sojourn.com (Dave Dempsey)
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A report released by Governor Engler's Michigan Environmental Science Board
last month ran to one headline saying it found no scientific support for
the new EPA clean air standards for soot and smog.

What the news coverage, and the report itself failed to make clear is that
a minority statement included in the document generally supporting the need
for the tougher standards was initiated by the only two physicians on the
panel, Drs. Ken Rosenman and Raymond Demers.  They said:

"There is general consensus in the scientific community that current
particulate and ozone air pollution levels increase heart and lung related
dysfunction and death.  The [majority] report downplays this consensus and
overemphasizes areas of disagreement."

They also found that "almost all human studies performed show an increase
in mortality and morbidity for current levels of air pollution," "there are
no animal studies of particulates which have been conducted which
contradict the adverse effect found in studies on people," and a Natural
Resources Defense Council report estimating (when revised) 45,000 premature
deaths per year from particulate pollution was based on an "accepted and
probably conservative procedure."

Copies of the report, including the minority statement, are available at
517-373-4960.

Dave Dempsey
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette, Suite 2A
Lansing, MI  48912
(517) 487-9539
(517) 487-9541 (fax)



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