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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 Robert J. Blount, MD San Francisco, CA
Committee Member Kevin Cromar, PhD New York, NY
Committee Member Kathleen Doo, MD 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 - ATS President David Gozal, MD, MBA Chicago, IL
Committee Member Howard M. Kipen, MD, MPH Piscataway, NJ
Committee Member Meredith C. McCormack, MHS, MD Baltimore, MD
Committee Member - ATS President-elect Marc Moss, MD Aurora, CO
Committee Member Janice Nolen Washington, DC
Committee Member Carrie A. Redlich, MD, MPH New Haven, CT
Committee Member Akshay Sood, MD, MPH Albuquerque, NM
Committee Member Tim K. Takaro, MD New Westminister, BC, Canada
Ex-Officio - Immediate Past President Atul Malhotra, MD La Jolla, CA
Staff Gary Ewart Washington, DC

Environmental Health Policy Committee
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, 2016-2017
• Develop a summary of the environmental health policy issues that ATS aims to address in the coming year, and implement an action plan for these priorities;
• Monitor and comment on Environmental Protection Agency national ambient air quality standards;
• Develop policy statements or guidelines regarding environmental health issues;
• Develop strategies to address the problem of indoor air pollution.
• Coordinating 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 the Clean Power Plan implementation.