Opportunity to Speak Up for Clean Air & Kids’ Health

August 17, 2010

by Alex Schaible, HSC writer & policy analyst

We at Healthy Schools Campaign believe protecting communities against environmental exposures is a necessary step in providing children with a healthy school environment.  Exposure to environmental contaminants, such as those found in air pollution, can place the health and well-being of children at risk.  Our friends at the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago alerted us about an opportunity to speak out against air pollution and support healthy school environments in your community. 

The U.S. EPA will be holding three public hearings (in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Atlanta) on a proposed national power plant emissions rule.  The proposed Clean Air Transport Rule would have significant benefits for clean air and public health.  The rule is designed to cut Sulfur dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants by 71 percent and smog-forming Nitrogen oxide pollutants by 52 percent. 

EPA estimates that these rules would save 14,000-36,000 lives a year.

The Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago and their clean air partners will be speaking at the hearings to urge U.S. EPA to adopt a strong rule.  Please join this important effort to share your thoughts and express your support for a strong, effective rule. 

For more information about the hearings, click here

Hearings will be held:

  • Chicago, August 19
  • Philadelphia, August 26
  • Atlanta,  September 1

To register to speak at the hearings, please contact Pamela Long by email or at 919-541-0641. 

For more background on the EPA Transport Rule, click here [pdf]. 

Plus: If you are planning to attend the Chicago hearing, please also contact Ashley Collins of the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago, who is spearheading the Chicago outreach efforts.