Healthy Air

To the Editor:

Healthy air is a profoundly personal issue to me, as air quality directly impacts my family’s health and well-being. Yet the U.S. House of Representatives just passed H.R. 806, also known as the “Smoggy Skies Act,” a harmful bill that would delay life-saving pollution standards. It is critical that Montana’s senators oppose this dangerous legislation.

H.R. 806 would systematically weaken one of the nation’s strongest public health laws, the Clean Air Act, and would make it harder to protect people from asthma attacks, emergency room visits, and premature deaths from a whole host of dangerous air pollutants.

H.R. 806 not only significantly delays implementation of the health-based 2015 ozone standards, it permanently weakens the Clean Air Act and future air pollution health standards for six key pollutants: carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen oxides, ozone, particulate matter and sulfur dioxide. These delays and other sweeping changes will threaten health, particularly the health of children, seniors and people with chronic disease.

Thanks to the Clean Air Act, our nation has made great progress in cleaning up harmful air pollutants like particle pollution and ozone. Still, millions of Americans live where the air is unhealthy to breathe and, literally, can threaten their lives. Weakening their protection is simply wrong.

I am disappointed that Rep. Gianforte voted to pass this harmful bill. I call on Senators Tester and Daines to protect children’s lungs and the health of all Montanans, and oppose H.R. 806 in the Senate.

 

Kat Quinn Porco, MS

Red Lodge, Montana