Particle pollution is one of the most significant health risks facing our nation and its getting worse!
Scientists see particle pollution (PM10 and smaller) as responsible for the worst damages to human health.
- Roughly one in three (more than 93.7 million) people in the United States lives in an area with unhealthful short term levels of particle pollution.
- Nearly one in five (more than 54 million) people in the United States lives in an area with unhealthful year-round levels of particle pollution.
“The American Lung Association™ is fighting for tougher federal standards because they protect Americans from dangerous levels of air pollution, “Dr. Weaver, American Lung Chair, said. “Air pollution shortens lifespan, it lands our children and elderly in emergency rooms, and it can make children and teens more vulnerable to lung disease for the rest of their lives.” Read More
The size of the particles is directly related to their potential for causing health problems. Small particles less than 10 micrometers in diameter pose the greatest problems, because they can get deep into your lungs and your bloodstream.
There are a number of studies that link particle levels to increased hospital admissions, emergency room visits – and even to death from heart or lung disease. The scientific data is both credible and growing. Scientific studies include two recent UCLA studies that reports people near freeways and heavily traveled roads are exposed to 30 times the concentration of dangerous particles..
Not enough is being done about this horrendous health issue!
The Environmental Protection Agency has addressed the particulate pollution in their federal legislation known as the Clean Air Act. Individual states are responsible for implementing guidelines based on a timetable established by the Federal Government. Read More
Current strategies are not working!
What the EPA has not done is tell the states that the air sampling should be taken near the roads where the greatest exposure exists. The EPA directs states to take air samples where it is most typical for exposure. The current air samples are being taken from an old network of sample sights that were for ozone and select sites that are chosen by the state. If a state fails air quality, they loose highway funding – go figure! It makes sense why the states conduct their sampling where it reads the best. Read More
Particle pollution is one of the most significant health risks facing our planet. Even if you are healthy, you may experience temporary symptoms such as irritation of the eyes, nose and throat; coughing; phlegm, chest tightness; and shortness of breath. Read More
We must measure and mitigate, we must have a strategy, and we must force policy makers to do their job.
We need an effective mitigation strategy. We must protect our citizens from the involuntary breathing of these particles. It may seem impossible but, DNA does change due to the influence of road dust. Our children will be paying for our ignorance if not corrected immediately. Impaction traps, as a strategy, will mitigate particulate pollution. Read More