The mid-Atlantic region has some of the nation’s worst smog pollution. Dangerous levels plague parts of D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Families (including children) are encouraged to testify in support of tighter controls on the national standards for smog at a public hearing that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold on Thursday, January 29 at their Washington, D.C. headquarters.
When we breathe smog, we get more asthma, more heart failure, more chronic bronchitis, more respiratory infections, more hospital visits and more missed school days. Children are among the worst affected. Smog interferes with their lung development and triggers asthma. Smog forms when industrial emissions from power plants, factories, cars and other sources react with heat and sunlight. The EPA needs to hear from families—not just polluters—about the importance of protecting everyone’s lungs.
Anyone can obtain a five-minute slot to testify by contacting EPA’s Eloise Shepherd at 919-541- 5507 or Shepherd.Eloise@epa.gov. If you would like resources to testify, Moms Clean Air Force (MCAF), can provide advice and materials. Also, MCAF will hold a rally and all concerned families can join.
For more information about testifying, resources or the rally, contact Julie Hantman at JHantman@MomsCleanAirForce.org for info. Location for the hearing is: William Jefferson Clinton East Building, Room 1153, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW Washington, D.C.