Support Stronger Air Pollution Standards


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For every 1000 signatures, NationofChange will send a letter to the EPA asking them to impose stronger air pollution standards.

[Update 3/16/17: We have sent the first letter to the EPA with 1,000+ of your signatures. We will continue to send letters every 1,000 signatures. Thank you!]

Over 90% of the world’s population resides in areas where air pollution levels are alarmingly high. Air pollution has become a public health emergency.

According to a new study by the World Health Organization (WHO), millions of people die annually because of exposure to pollution. “To date, air pollution — both ambient (outdoor) and household (indoor) — is the biggest environmental risk to health, carrying responsibility for about one in every nine deaths annually,” the report states. “Air pollution continues to rise at an alarming rate, and affects economies and people’s quality of life; it is a public health emergency.”

But a new report released by the American Thoracic Society and the Marron Institute of Urban Management at New York University shows that stricter air pollution standards could have health benefits.

The standards advocate 60 parts per billion (ppb) 8-hour standard for ozone (compared with the EPA’s standard of 70 ppb). They suggest a standard of 11 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3) annually for PM2.5, rather than the EPA’s 12 µg/m3 annual standard.

The report calculates that adhering to these stronger pollution standards could save 9,320 lives in the United States per year, could reduce serious health events (morbidities), such as heart attacks, hospital admissions and emergency room visits, by 21,400; and decrease “adverse impact days,” during which people may not be able to work, go to school or otherwise be physically active because of severe breathing problems, by 19,300,000 days.

This new report shows that tighter standards for air pollution could save lives. Sign the petition to tell the EPA to adopt stronger air pollution standards to combat this public health emergency.

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  • Layne Horwitz
  • Thearle Lacey
  • Anne Curran
  • David Unger
  • There can be no humane, just rationale for causing, or allowing to be caused, pollution of our air, water, soil or environment by a for-profit corporation or industry that privatizes profits and socializes costs. All industries of a similar type and nature should be treated exactly as all other similar industries are treated under the law with regard to liability for harms caused in the course of doing business.

    If you do not want a sexually-oriented business or liquor store within 1,000 feet of your homes, schools and churches, then why in God’s name would you EVER allow ANY heavy industrial activity (such as oil and gas exploration and production) to happen within a couple hundred feet of places where most people spend the vast majority of their time, and therefore are at the greatest threat risk if and when accidents occur, and they do occur with regularity, often causing total destruction of property and often killing or injuring people.

    Tighter regulation and a LOT more oversight are required to protect citizens from the greed of corporations and individuals who place the value of money over the health and safety of others who may be harmed in the pursuit by the corporations and individuals of their financial objectives. I do not advocate strangling business, but it MUST be accountable for the harms it causes, and those upon whom it is forced MUST be justly and fully compensated for any losses they incur.
  • Clean Air Rocks!
  • Jo Six
  • Roula Fl
  • Sharon and Bob Holmes
  • criminal. i wonder what it takes for those with power to give a damn.
  • Jacqueline Leavy


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