Enviro-Mich message from Jason Barbose |
among Major U.S. Cities
Bush Plan Favors Energy Companies over Public Health
<>Southfield, Michigan — With the Bush administration poised
to finalize weak air pollution standards for power plant smokestacks, a
released today by PIRGIM (Public Interest Research Group In Michigan)
massive air pollution problems across the U.S.
“Time and again the Bush administration has favored big energy companies over science and public health. The administration should reverse course and clean up dangerous power plant pollution,” stated Barbose.<>Much as sunburn affects the skin, smog burns the lungs and airways, affecting even a healthy person’s ability to breathe and causing a host of respiratory problems, including asthma attacks, increased susceptibility to respiratory infections, and decreased lung function. In
Soot is an
even more dangerous pollutant because the tiny
particles can lodge deep in the lungs or pass directly into the
causing serious respiratory and cardiovascular problems, including
attacks, lung cancer, and premature death.
Danger in the Air:
Unhealthy Levels of Air
Pollution in 2003 is PIRGIM’s
fifth annual analysis of air quality based on a survey of environmental
agencies in all 50 states and the
smog levels in 40 states and the
· Nationally, soot levels exceeded EPA’s year-round health standard in 53 metropolitan areas in 20 states in 2003, and soot levels exceeded EPA’s 24-hour health standard 106 times on 39 days in 13 states.<>The report also includes preliminary smog data for 19 states and the District of Columbia for 2004, which, like 2003, has been a relatively mild and wet summer. Yet, ozone levels still exceeded EPA’s 8-hour health standard 602 times and the 1-hour standard 84 times so far in 2004.
“We can’t depend on the weather to protect us from polluted air. But we can, and the Bush administration should, dramatically cut the smokestack pollution that causes unhealthy smog levels,” said Barbose.<>Barbose called the Bush administration’s record on air pollution “dismal,” noting that President Bush reversed his campaign pledge to cap global warming pollution from power plants within the first 60 days of his administration and has promoted numerous policies to weaken clean air protections, including the most significant rollback of the Clean Air Act in the law’s 34-year history. That policy, finalized in September 2003, allows old coal-fired power plants to virtually rebuild without ever installing modern pollution controls, further extending the lives of about 550 outdated plants that emit 98 percent of the smog-forming nitrogen oxide emissions and 99 percent of the soot-forming sulfur dioxide emissions from power plants.
PIRGIM called on the Bush administration to substantially strengthen, accelerate, and finalize its proposal to cap soot- and smog-forming pollutants from power plants in the
PIRGIM is a non-profit, non-partisan public interest advocacy organization
-- Jason Barbose PIRGIM Field Organizer 103 E. Liberty St., Suite 202 Ann Arbor, MI 48104 734.662.6597 email@example.com============================================================== ENVIRO-MICH: Internet List and Forum for Michigan Environmental and Conservation Issues and Michigan-based Citizen Action. Archives at http://www.great-lakes.net/lists/enviro-mich/ Postings to: firstname.lastname@example.org For info, send email to email@example.com with a one-line message body of "info enviro-mich" ==============================================================