ELPC's New Report Links Clean Cars to Better Children's Health and Environment
On April 1st, ELPC and our public health colleagues released a report on the public health and environmental benefits of proposed clean cars legislation in Illinois (HB 3424). Breathing Free in Illinois: Reducing Air Pollution and Improving Health through Cleaner Cars shows that, each year, the proposed clean cars standard would reduce pollution from vehicles by as much as 16% for "criteria" air pollutants and up to 21% for air toxics by the year 2030. Those air quality improvements would prevent up to 250,000 lost school days per year and would reduce deaths related to vehicle air pollution by 11% by 2030.
At the press conference, ELPC Executive Director Howard Learner said, "Passing clean cars legislation is an investment in our children’s health, safety and ability to breathe better." The ELPC report is based on analyses by Cambridge Systematics and Dr. Jonathan Levy, Sc.D., an Associate Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health.
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