BILLS TO BLOCK EPA THREATEN HEALTH OF NEW YORK’S KIDS, ADULTS
Asthma Rates in New York Highlight Risks of Efforts to Stop EPA’s Clean Air Act Updates
WASHINGTON, D.C. –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 data compiled by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The information will be released at a phone-based news conference at 1:30 EST Thursday, January 27, 2011.
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 EPA has adopted cleanup standards to reduce toxic, smog and soot pollution from cement plants but Reps. Nan Hayworth R-NY 19, Peter T. King, R-NY 3, Chris Lee, R-NY 26,have cosponsored legislation that would stop EPA’s work in its tracks.
In addition to highlighting the number of existing asthma sufferers by congressional district, NRDC will release data showing the total amount of campaign contributions from major polluters by the three Members of Congress in New York.
Dan Lashof, Climate Center Director, Natural Resources Defense Council Brenda Afzal, MS, RN, Climate Policy Coordinator, Health Care Without Harm
Thursday, January 27, 2011
1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
CALL-IN INFORMATION: Join the live, phone-based New York news conference (with full, two-way Q&A) at 1:30 p.m. EST on January 27, 2010 by dialing (800) 860-2442. Ask for the “local impact of attack on EPA” news event.
CAN’T PARTICIPATE?: A streaming audio replay of the news event will be available on the Web at http://www.nrdc.org as of 6 p.m. EST on January 27, 2011.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.3 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world''s natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Livingston, Montana, and Beijing. Visit us at www.nrdc.org.
Heath Care Without Harm, an international coalition of nearly 500 health care providers, health advocacy and other organizations in 52 countries, is working to transform the health care sector, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it is ecologically sustainable and no longer a source of harm to public health and the environment. www.noharm.org.