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Nurse Leaders Advocate for a Health Protective Ozone Standard


August 4, 2011
Health Care Without Harm Press Release
Contact: Eileen Secrest  540-479-0168

Nurse Leaders Advocate for a Health Protective Ozone Standard

Washington, DC  This week nurse leaders representing Health Care Without Harm and several nursing organizations and practice areas met with officials of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to share their concerns about poor air quality and its impacts on public health.

Forty years ago, Congress directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set official limits, called National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), on the amount of ozone and five other pollutants that could be in the air. Congress explicitly directed the EPA to base those standards on what is needed to protect human health. In 2001, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the EPA has the authority and responsibility to set standards based solely on protecting public health.

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