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Environmental Health Policy Committee

Chair George D. Thurston, DSc Tuxedo Park, NY
Vice Chair Mary B. Rice, MD, MPH Boston, MA
Committee Member Rebecca Bascom, MD, MPH Hershey, PA
Committee Member Nitin Y. Bhatt, MD Columbus, OH
Committee Member - CCR Representative Lee K. Brown, MD Albuquerque, NM
Committee Member Kevin Cromar, PhD New York, NY
Committee Member Jonathan M. Fine, MD Norwalk, CT
Committee Member Eric Garshick, MD West Roxbury, MA
Committee Member Frank D. Gilliland, MD, PhD Los Angeles, CA
Committee Member - PAR Representative Jeffrey R. Goldstein Miami, FL
Committee Member Howard M. Kipen, MD, MPH Piscataway, NJ
Committee Member Meredith C. McCormack, MHS, MD Baltimore, MD
Committee Member Janice Nolen Washington, DC
Committee Member Carrie A. Redlich, MD, MPH New Haven, CT
Committee Member Tim K. Takaro, MD New Westminister, BC, Canada
Staff Gary Ewart Washington, DC

A principal function of the Environmental Health Policy Committee is to serve as a collaborative resource for the staff of the ATS Government Relations Office and to advise the ATS Executive Committee and Board of Directors on issues of policy importance and priorities for ATS action. It monitors, evaluates the scientific rationale for, and proposes policies that seek to control ambient air pollutants, occupational exposures to respiratory toxicants, and indoor air pollution, as well as to mitigate the health impacts of climate change. The Committee coordinates its activities with the Health Policy Committee and the Environmental and Occupational Health Assembly of the ATS. In particular, it monitors activities of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the World Health Organization (WHO). The Committee also proposes legislation when appropriate to maintain the effectiveness of air quality laws, including the U.S. Clean Air Act.

Benchmarks, 2017-2018:
• Support science-based decision making in establishing health and environmental policy and guidelines through multiple avenues of communication, including editorials, educational briefs and letters to Congress, Congressional expert testimony, and legal Amicus briefs.

• Monitor and comment on Environmental Protection Agency national ambient air quality and carbon emissions standards, and when appropriate, defend the EPA from efforts to weaken its existing authority under the Clean Air Act;

• Coordinate with the Health Policy Committee on the development of a State Education/Advocacy Network to reach out on ATS relevant state-level policy issues, including climate change.