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ATS Registers Strong Concerns About Changes to Clean Air Act in Testimony

On Wednesday, ATS past President Homer Boushey testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee – Energy and Environment Subcommittee in opposition to legislation (H.R. 806) that would delay implementation and enforcement of the EPA ozone standard. The bill would also make further changes to the Clean Air Act that would weaken and delay the EPA’s authority to regulate other pollutants like particulate matter, NOx, SOx and lead.

“The ATS is testifying today to register our strong concerns with H.R. 806 – the Ozone Standards Implementation Act.  If enacted, the legislation would have significant negative impacts on the health of many Americans, “said Dr. Boushey.

“Delaying improvements in air quality, be it ozone or another criteria pollutant, is not a trivial matter.  In the 10-year review lag called for in this bill, a child will grow from a newborn to a 10 year old.  In that time, the lungs, like the rest of the body, will see tremendous changes that will determine life-long health prospects of that child.  We know that youth exposure to air pollution creates adverse development of the lungs in ways that impact adult disease.  By delaying improvements in air quality, we are literally burdening children with life-long health issues.”