Northeast Ohio Air Quality

Clean Air Saves Lives: A Citizen Discussion about Air Pollution, Clean Air Standards and Public Health

On July 21, 2011 a panel of public health, faith and environmental leaders and community representatives held a town hall to discuss the effects of clean air standards on the Cleveland community and actions we can take to keep the Clean Air Act strong.

Panelist presentations:

  • Dr. Anthony F. DiMarco, Case Western Reserve University and MetroHealth Medical Center PPT
  • Tracy Sabetta, National Wildlife Federation Do We Have Too Much Clean Air?

Nonattainment Clean Air Act’s Health Standards

Currently, Northeast Ohio is in nonattainment of the Clean Air Act’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for fine particle pollution (PM2.5).  Recently, USEPA designated the area around the Ferro Corporation (on E. 56th Street) to be in nonattainment of the NAAQS for lead (Pb).  For more information

US EPA Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

On July 6th, 2011, the US EPA finalized the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule to reduce air pollution, including ozone and fine particles. The Rule requires Ohio and other states to decrease power plant emissions that cross state lines. Ohio will have to control its SO2, NOx and ozone emissions. The Rule follows the Clean Air Act’s “good neighbor” provision which requires states to limit interstate air pollution and will bring 120 to 280 billion dollars in health and human welfare benefits by 2014, including the prevention of: 13,000-24,000 premature deaths, 15,000 nonfatal heart attacks, 19,000 hospital/E.R. visits, 1.8 million lost school/work days, and 400,000 asthma attacks. Read more extensively about the new Rule here.

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