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Bills to block EPA threaten health of New York's kids, adults

January 26, 2011
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NEW YORK — Thousands of New York residents with asthma, including children, would be at further risk under proposals backed by three New York lawmakers to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from updating clean air standards, according to a press release.
Today, polluters are allowed to dump unlimited amounts of life-threatening carbon pollution into the air: Carbon dioxide pollution increases the risk of heat stress, promotes the spread of infectious diseases and makes it more difficult to reduce smog pollution, which threatens the health of asthma sufferers and others with respiratory problems, the release stated.
The EPA has adopted cleanup standards to reduce toxic, smog and soot pollution from cement plants but Representatives Nan Hayworth, R-NY 19; Peter T. King, R-NY 3; and Chris Lee, R-NY 26, have co-sponsored legislation that would stop EPA''s work in its tracks, the release noted.
According to the release, in addition to highlighting the number of existing asthma sufferers by congressional district, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) will release their data via a phone-based news conference at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) Thursday, January 27, 2011.
Join the live, phone-based New York news conference (with full, two-way Q&A) at 1:30 p.m. EDT on January 27, 2010 by dialing (800) 860-2442 and ask for the "local impact of attack on EPA" news event, the release added.
Click here to read the complete release.
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