Bill would protect public health with better air pollution data

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July 14, 2022

Matthieu Tresaugue, (713) 392-7888, [email protected]

(Washington, DC – July 13, 2022) U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today reintroduced the Public Health Air Quality Act of 2022, a bill that would strengthen air quality monitoring in communities close to industrial sources of pollution.

“The lack of adequate air pollution monitoring is a direct health threat to millions of people who live in unhealthy air. The Public Health Air Quality Act would increase the number of air pollution monitors air pollution, especially in major industrial facilities, and would prioritize the placement of such monitors in communities at risk.

“The Public Health Air Quality Act would also provide for expanded use of satellite data – a new and powerful resource that should be more accessible to communities – and ensure that pollution data is used immediately to protect the environment. public health.

“Expanding air pollution monitoring is especially important for communities of color and low-income communities that have borne the brunt of air pollution for far too long due to their proximity to high-polluting petrochemical facilities and other industrial sources. If we hope to build a just, equitable, and livable future for all, our communities and policymakers need better access to information that can hold polluters accountable, lead to community solutions, and end policies that create vulnerabilities. .

“It’s crucial that everyone has information about the air they breathe, and we thank Rep. Blunt Rochester, Senator Duckworth and environmental justice leaders in Congress for their leadership in prioritizing the health of our communities.”

Vickie Patton, General Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund

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