Delaware’s Air Quality Threat: Know How Pollution Affects You
Despite improvements to our air quality, air pollution remains a pervasive public health threat. And even people with healthy lungs can suffer the effects.
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A Nationwide Problem
According to the association, more than 131.8 million people in the United States—about 42 percent of the population—live in counties with unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution.
“Air pollution remains a pervasive public health threat in the United States,” reads an association press release. “Safeguards are necessary to protect the health of nearly 132 million people living in counties with dangerous levels of either ozone or particle pollution that can cause wheezing and coughing, asthma attacks, heart attacks and premature death.”
Still, air quality continues to improve nationwide thanks to the federal Clean Air Act. According to the EPA, the act was responsible for preventing more than 160,000 premature deaths, 130,000 heart attacks and 1.7 million asthma attacks in 2010 alone.
The EPA routinely uses the latest research to recommend amendments to the act. Despite the progress that’s been made in reducing pollution levels nationally, the act continues to come under attack in Congress, as major corporations lobby for looser
“The evidence is clear that the Clean Air Act delivers significant health benefits,” Brown says. “Congress needs to continue to ensure that the provisions under the Clean Air Act are protected and are enforced. The EPA and every state must have adequate funding to monitor and protect our citizens from air pollution.”