am deeply disappointed that President Obama rejected his own scientists’
recommendations to strengthen air quality standards for ozone.
is a highly dangerous pollutant. It contributes
to asthma attacks; decreases lung function; aggravates chronic and deadly lung and
heart diseases, and can lead to heart attacks and premature death.
of Americans are vulnerable to ozone: children
and older people, people with chronic lung disease, including asthma, and
people who work or exercise outdoors.
- Scientists estimate the proposed standard would
save 12,000 lives, prevented 58,000 asthma attacks, and avoided 21,000 hospital
and emergency room visits -- every year,
year after year.
- We should not have to shoulder the additional
disease, hospital costs, time lost from work and school, and even deaths caused
by ozone. Polluters should pay – they
are inflicting harm on our health.
- Americans need and deserve
protection from ozone. The law requires
it. President Obama should stand for our
health, not for corporate polluters.