Tagged With "EPA"

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How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

AAFA Community Services ·
How are children with asthma affected by poor air quality? The first week of May marks Air Quality Awareness Week . The EPA measures air quality to tell us how clean or polluted the air is. This has special significance for people with asthma. Air pollution is a trigger for some people with asthma. Through custom alerts, you can track air quality to plan outdoor activities, such as outdoor recess. That’s how one New Jersey mom realized her son with asthma was running into breathing...
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AAFA Meets With EPA to Ask for Action on Climate Change

AAFA Community Services ·
On June 20, 2017, AAFA met with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to ask him to clean our air for those impacted by climate change. We presented him with our Declaration on Climate Change and Health . Climate change is a serious threat to our health, especially to the more vulnerable members of the population. Asthma and allergies rates will continue to rise until we take action against climate change.
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EPA Works to Reduce Air Pollution in 32 States by Improving Older School Buses

AAFA Community Services ·
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded more than $8.7 million to replace or retrofit 452 older diesel school buses. The funds are going to 141 school bus fleets in 32 states, each of which will receive rebates through EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding. The new and retrofitted buses will reduce pollutants that are linked to health problems such as asthma and lung damage.
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10 Health and Medical Organizations Strongly Oppose the Trump Administration’s Plan to Revoke Cleaner Cars Standards

AAFA Community Services ·
“This proposal from EPA and NHTSA would dismantle fair, achievable pollution limits with a track record of success, limits that will help protect Americans from the life-threatening health impacts of climate change. The proposal would also preempt the ability of states to protect the health of their residents by curbing greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. If these vehicle standards are weakened, the nation loses a crucial tool to fight climate change."
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Rolling Back Clean Car Standards Will Make Asthma Worse – Tell the NHTSA and EPA Why

AAFA Community Services ·
Our current clean car standards have gone a long way to improve our air quality. But pollution and ozone levels are still an issue, contributing to climate change, asthma symptoms and overall asthma rates. Studies are showing more and more how bad air pollution affects our health . More improvements are needed. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) want to roll back these clean car standards through The Safer Affordable...
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10 Health and Medical Groups Oppose EPA's Harmful Clean Power Plan 'Replacement' Proposal

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is sharing this press release to bring you the latest research news quickly. [PRESS RELEASE] Ten Health and Medical Groups Oppose EPA's Harmful Clean Power Plan 'Replacement' Proposal (August 22, 2018) - WASHINGTON, D.C. In response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) release of the proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to replace the Clean Power Plan, the Allergy & Asthma Network, the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy...
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AAFA Joins Groups Opposing the EPA's Efforts to Weaken Carbon Pollution Limits Which Could Impact All Americans, Especially Those With Asthma

AAFA Community Services ·
Today the acting administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Andrew Wheeler, announced a proposal to dramatically weaken the Carbon Pollution Standards for New, Modified and Reconstructed Power Plants, which are protections against carbon pollution that have been in effect since 2015. Fifteen groups sent this letter in response.
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How Do You Track Air Quality for Better Asthma Management?

AAFA Community Services ·
It should come as no surprise that the quality of the air we breathe affects our lungs. According to several studies, air pollution can make asthma symptoms worse. It’s also linked to higher asthma-related emergency room visits among senior adults and higher asthma rates in children.
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Air Quality Around the World

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April 29 – May 3 is Air Quality Awareness Week , sponsored by the NOAA National Weather Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Forest Service, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This year’s theme is “Check the AQI & Get Outside” to encourage everyone to check the Air Quality Index (AQI) regularly. Today’s focus is “Air Quality Around the World.” According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 91% of the world breathes polluted...
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Re: 10 Health and Medical Organizations Strongly Oppose the Trump Administration’s Plan to Revoke Cleaner Cars Standards

Shea ·
I am really upset about these standards for pollution. I just read an article today called " EPA admits new emissions plan could lead to 1,400 premature deaths a year AUG 21, 2018 6:12 PM EDT U.S. BY JASON SILVERSTEIN / CBS NEWS : "A 289-page EPA report released Tuesday provides details on the impact of the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy rule, which would reverse Obama-era cuts to power plant carbon pollution. The EPA acknowledges that the proposed plan is expected to...
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Re: How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

Katie D ·
Love to hear how this Mom is using the alerts to help her better manage both her and her sons asthma. The Air Quality Flag Program sounds like a great idea and hope more schools join.
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Re: How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

Lisa K ·
It really helps. When I get the alerts and he takes his inhaler before recess or outdoor gym, he almost never has any issues.
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Re: How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

Katie D ·
Which means more fun and play time with his friends!
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Re: How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

Lisa K ·
Exactly! That's the most important thing to him. It's a win win... I get a healthy kid, and he gets to run around with his friends!
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Re: How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

Jen ·
Lisa - I'm glad this has made a difference for you and your son.
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Re: How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

Kathy P ·
I may need to start tracking this for myself - especially for when I bike!
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Re: EPA Works to Reduce Air Pollution in 32 States by Improving Older School Buses

Ivonne ·
Very interesting information and also very good news.
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Re: 10 Health and Medical Groups Oppose EPA's Harmful Clean Power Plan 'Replacement' Proposal

Shea ·
The public does have the ability to comment on the proposed changes (I did!), but only for a short time. Here is the info on how to share your voice (pasted from https://www.epa.gov/stationary...proposal-how-comment ) EPA will accept comment on the proposed Affordable Clean Energy rule for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. Comments should be identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355 and may be submitted by one of the following methods. Online: Go to...
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Re: 10 Health and Medical Groups Oppose EPA's Harmful Clean Power Plan 'Replacement' Proposal

K8sMom2002 ·
Thanks, Shea! I'm so glad you shared your comments with the EPA! I hope other people will make their opinions known as well. Folks here can also sign up to be an AAFA Advocate by joining AAFA's Action Network if they haven't already.
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Re: How Do You Track Air Quality for Better Asthma Management?

Kgblanchard ·
Hello! I am trying to get in touch with an advocacy group regarding the air quality in some of our entertainment venues in Lake Charles, Louisiana. While there is a smoking ban in much of the state at casinos, bars and restaurants, there is no ban on smoking in our Lake Charles casinos - and there is no reason for that! Considering I have asthma and most of my work social events and meetings take place in the casinos meeting rooms, I struggle breathing for days after those meetings. Can...
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