Hearing on the health effects of particulate matter
This morning there was a hearing on a bill sponsored by Denise Provost that would explore the health effects of particulate matter, which is suspended particles in tailpipe exhaust. House Bill 2227 would have the Department of Public Health conduct a study on the health effects of this type of pollution, including mapping the distribution and concentration of particulate matter aorund high-traffic roadways and rail lines.
A growing body of scientific evidence links high exposure to particulates to substantially increased risks of pulmonary disease – including COPD and lung cancer – and cardiovascular disease – including heart attack and stroke. Men and women living close to major roads are at increased risk of premature death. Children growing up near highways often suffer impaired lung function, are more likely to develop asthma, and suffer more asthma attacks.