Letter: Speak out for clean air

Published: 10/10/2018 12:01:11 AM

Like most parents, I do everything I can to protect my children’s health. I make sure they’re securely fastened in their car seat, they eat healthy, exercise daily and get good sleep. But I can’t control the air they breathe.

When pollution is in the air, we all have to breathe it. Children are particularly vulnerable to air pollution because it can impact their growing bodies, stunt their little lungs and trigger asthma attacks. That’s why it’s so important for officials at every level of government to protect clean air.

Unfortunately, the Trump administration is currently considering policy changes that would make our air dirtier and jeopardize our children’s health, including attempts to roll back clean car standards and replace the Clean Power Plan, which places limits on carbon pollution from power plants. The administration is also expected to propose a roll-back on Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), which would have devastating impacts on pregnant women and children. And just last month the Environmental Protection Agency placed the director of its Office of Children’s Health Protection on administrative leave without explanation.

Our children’s optimal health and development is critical for the future of our country. That’s why on this Children’s Environmental Health Day – Oct. 11 – I urge moms, dads, and grandparents to speak up and call on the Trump administration and the EPA to halt attacks on clean air and children’s health.

Together, we can safeguard the health, safety and well-being of our most precious resource: children.




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