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Environmental Health Policy Committee

Chair Mary B. Rice, MD, MPH Boston, MA
Vice Chair Kevin Cromar, PhD New York, NY
Committee Member Alison Lee, MD, MS New York, NY
Committee Member Anne Hicks, MD, FRCPC, MSc, PhD Edmonton, AB, Canada
Committee Member Brenda Marsh, MD, PhD Portland, OR
Committee Member Daniel L. Costa, ScD Chapel Hill, NC
Committee Member Erika Garcia, PhD, MPH LOS ANGELES, CA
Committee Member Isabella S. Annesi-Maesano, MD, PhD, DSc Paris, Ile de France, France
Committee Member Jack R. Harkema, DVM, PhD, ATSF Okemos, MI
Committee Member - PAR Representative Jeffrey R. Goldstein Miami, FL
Committee Member Jessica P. Castner, PhD, RN Grand Island, NY
Committee Member Mario F. Perez, MD, MPH Farmington, CT
Committee Member Peter S. Thorne, MS, PhD Iowa City, IA
Committee Member Rebecca Bascom, MD, MPH Hershey, PA
Committee Member Robert Paine, MD Salt Lake City, UT
Committee Member William D. Hardie, MD Cincinnati, OH
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, 2020-2021:
•Monitor and participate in the federal rulemaking process for regulations addressing air quality, occupational health and climate change through providing timely scientific communication, submitting written comments on proposed rules, and preparing legal Amicus briefs.

•Utilize the Health of the Air report to highlight recently revised ATS recommended levels for the PM2.5 and O3 standards and to provide support for evidence-based rulemaking.

•Assist in the evaluation of the carbon offsets offered in conjunction with the 2020 International Conference and provide recommendations for changes in 2021, as needed.

•Engage every member of the committee to provide meaningful contributions to at least one committee work product during the year.