STEP is a community group dedicated to improving transportation in Somerville, MA. We advocate for the Green Line extension, a more livable city, and public health issues.
Wig was among eight people selected to speak today at a meeting of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee. Afterward, the panel agreed to clarify and stress the seriousness of its prior recommendation to EPA Administer Johnson calling for stricter annual average fine particulate matter standards. (EPA proposed an unchanged annual standard on December 21st despite overwhelming scientific evidence of significant harm to human health at the exposure levels allowed currently.)
An excellent introduction to all the issues around fine particles and clean air from Harvard Magazine.
Clearing the Air: How epidemiology, engineering, and experiment finger fine particles as airborne killers
By Laurie Stillman
During my cab ride home following a surgeon general’s meeting on the environment and health, I asked my driver what he thought about the Big Dig. Clearly angry, he ranted about how he thought it was a big waste of taxpayer money because he had noticed little improvement in traffic flow.
EPA defines EJ as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
Environmental Justice Action Plan for Fiscal Years 2005-2005 (PDF)
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that smog is directly linked to deaths from heart and lung ailments in major U.S. metropolitan areas. Massachusetts has some of the worst traffic congestion in the country and, according to the Centers for Disease Control, has the highest asthma level in the nation. Jeremy Marin, Conservation Organizer for the Sierra Club in Boston, says, “Governor Romney needs to stand up and not just talk the talk, but walk the walk. Spending $14.6 billion to increase air pollution is not what Massachusetts needs. He needs to make sure that projects like extending the Green Line, making the Silver bus Line light rail, and the North/South Rail Link take top priority.”