Ohio Environmental Council, April 24, 2013
OEC statement on American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2013 report
The American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2013 report highlights improvements and recommendations to improve our air quality.
Thanks to the Clean Air Act we have come a long way in air quality improvements. However, we must not be lulled into complacency; as medical research advances we know that tougher standards on sources of air pollution are critical to fully protect the public health.
Last year Ohio experience more air quality alert days (“smog” days) than in several years’ past. Instead of wishing for cooler summers or relying on the federal government to solve our problems, the state of Ohio and individual cities should take matters into their own hands.
Below are steps citizens, cities, and state government can take to improve our air quality, which will lesson trips to the emergency room for people sensitive to bad air elements (elderly, those with breathing problems, children, etc.)
Local governments should:
State government should:
Learn more about what you can do to clear the air.
Read the American Lung Association’s full report.