For Immediate Release
APHA Strongly Supports EPA’s Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions to Protect Public Health
Washington, D.C., July 29, 2010 – The American Public Health Association signaled its strong support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision today to deny petitions to reconsider its greenhouse gas endangerment findings. The findings, announced last December, enable the agency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act that significantly contribute to climate change and threaten public health.
“A move to upend the EPA’s evidence-based endangerment findings would dramatically stall progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and jeopardize human health,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of APHA. “Today’s decision by the EPA to deny the petitions from 10 groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Ohio Coal Association, demonstrates the agency’s unwavering commitment to combat climate change and safeguard public health.”
Current levels of the six key greenhouse gases cited in EPA’s endangerment findings pose real and present public health threats due to their contribution to climate change, including increased likelihood of more frequent and intense heat waves, more wildfires, degraded air quality, more flooding, increased drought, more intense storms, harm to water resources and harm to agriculture.
APHA believes that the EPA’s endangerment findings have the potential to significantly reduce the public health burden of climate change and is committed to protecting the agency’s authority over the full breadth of its critical work.
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