President Obama has chosen to delay a new National Air Quality Standard for ground level ozone – a move that jeopardizes the health of adults and children throughout the United States. Some 22 million Americans suffer from asthma.
“We are dismayed that the President has wavered on setting ozone standards that prevent illness and death,” says Bill McLin, president and CEO of Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). “This delay affects adults, compromising their ability to work and increasing their need for expensive medical services like emergency room visits, prescription drugs and hospitalizations. Children are exposed to potentially greater vulnerability because their lungs are still developing.”
McLin believes that state governments and businesses that pay for healthcare will bear this burden. “While the President asserts that industry is facing regulatory burdens, I say that Americans are burdened by an Administration that lacks the courage to protect their lives, health and personal finances from preventable conditions like asthma.”
AAFA is calling on the government to commit and act to advance clean air goals. “We call on the Administration to allow EPA to follow its mandate and implement the standards within the range recommended by its own scientists,” says McLin. “Set air quality standards that support the health of Americans now. Americans with asthma cannot wait.”
For more information, visit AAFA’s website.