Groups: Emissions a danger to public health

Posted September 28, 2010 4:50 p.m. EDT

In a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday, a group of health organizations pressed for new rules to curb global warning, writing that emissions are a health risk.

The letter, with signatures 18 national public health organizations, said, in part:

“As public health professionals, we are writing to urge you to recognize the threat to public health posed by climate change and to support measures that will reduce these risks and strengthen the ability of our local, state and federal public health agencies to prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change. In order to prepare for changes already under way, it is essential to strengthen our public health system so it is able to protect our communities from the health effects of heat waves, wildfires, floods, droughts, infectious diseases, and other events. But we must also address the root of the problem, which means reducing the emissions that contribute to climate change. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for protecting the public’s health from climate change, and we urge you to fully support the EPA in fulfilling its responsibilities. We also urge opposition to any efforts to weaken, delay or block the EPA from protecting the public’s health from these risks.”

Letter from health professionals to the EPA