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Children’s Environmental Health Listserve: EPA Strengthens Smog Standard
January 20, 2010, 9:57 am
Filed under: News

Proposed standards, strictest to date, will protect the health of all Americans, especially children

The United States Environmental Protection Agency is proposing the strictest health standards to date for smog. Smog, also known as ground-level ozone, is linked to a number of serious health problems, and can even harm healthy people who work and play outdoors. The agency is proposing to replace the standards set by the previous administration, which many believe were not protective enough of human health.

The agency is proposing to set the “primary” standard, which protects public health, at a level between 0.060 and 0.070 parts per million
(ppm) measured over eight hours. Children are at the greatest risk from ozone, because their lungs are still developing, they are most likely to be active outdoors, and they are more likely than adults to have asthma.
Adults with asthma or other lung diseases, and older adults are also sensitive to ozone.

EPA will take public comment for 60 days after the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register. The agency will hold three public hearings on the proposal: Feb. 2, 2010 in Arlington, Va. and in Houston; and Feb. 4, 2010 in Sacramento.

More information: http://www.epa.gov/groundlevelozone

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