Please comment on the smog plan

Your comments on the DEP proposal can be submitted directly to the Environmental Quality Board by June 30, 2014. Read CAB’s comments below.

Online Comments

Comments, including the one page summary, may be submitted to the EQB by accessing the EQB’s Online Public Comment System at:

http://www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/RegComments

Note regarding the online system: If an acknowledgement of comments submitted online is not received by the sender within two business days, the comments should be re-sent to the EQB to ensure receipt.

Written Comments

Written comments and summaries can also be mailed to Environmental Quality Board, P.O. Box 8477, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8477.

All comments must be received by the EQB on or before the close of the public comment period, Monday, June 30, 2014

Testify on May 29 on Pennsylvania proposed smog plan – from Clean Air Council

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Pennsylvania’s Environmental Quality Board needs to hear from you. Even though Pennsylvania’s ozone (smog) problem is chronic, the state is proposing a new rule that will undoubtedly make the smog throughout state even worse.

Sign up to testify a public hearing in Norristown May 28 (other dates and cities are listed below) to tell the PA Environmental Quality Board that its proposed plan is simply not strong enough.

The Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board (EQB) wants to adopt a system that will allow utilities to average their nitrogen oxide emissions over their entire fleet of power plants. Pennsylvanians’ lungs cannot average emissions. Smog exposure during a single day or even a few hours can do serious damage, especially to vulnerable populations like children and the elderly.

Please tell the EQB, in person, that you want modern pollution controls on all coal-fired power plants.Selective Catalytic Reduction is a safe, available technology that should be required at all power plants. Ninety percent of PA’s power plants already have it, so why doesn’t the state think it’s “reasonably available”?

Mark you calendars! The Environmental Quality Board will hold three public hearings for the purpose of accepting testimony on this proposed rulemaking. The hearings will be held at 1 p.m. on the following dates:

May 29, 2014
Rachel Carson State Office Building
Conference Room 105
400 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17105

Clean Air Board Community Meeting, June 2, 2011, 7 pm

“Reducing Diesel Particulate Emissions from Construction Projects”

CAB will look at successful projects which reduced particulate emissions from diesel engines at construction sites.

The presentation will be held at the Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013, on June 2, at 7 pm.   Join us for a discussion of this important topic.

Air Pollution: A Medical Perspective (Video)

In this video, Philip D. Carey, MD discusses the dangers of PM2.5 to the health of our nation. Dr. Carey gives particular focus to the residents of Cumberland County, PA. Cumberland County has been ranked the 24th most polluted county in the United States based on the level of PM2.5.

Diesel Pollution, School Buses and Children’s Health (Video)

Diesel Pollution, School Buses and Children’s Health

Air Pollution from diesel vehicles can affect everyone, especially children.

Video produced by the PA Department of Environmental Protection

A Breath of Air: What Pollution is Doing to Our Children (Video)

This clip discusses the findings of the Children’s Health Study by the Southern California.

Excerpt: “In healthy children, lungs grow as the body develops, but the greatest growth rate is during puberty. From ages 10-14, healthy children see their lungs grow by about 12% each year. By the late teens or early twenties, lungs have essentially stopped growing. The Children’s Health Study shows that during the crucial puberty years, the lungs of a child exposed to high levels of pollution will grow 10% less each year. Over a period of four years, that is a significant deficit in lung function compared with kids growing up in low-pollution neighborhoods.”

Cumberland County Physicians Resolution: The Air We Breathe

The following August 2005 public letter was signed by over three-quarters of Cumberland County physicians.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PHYSICIANS RESOLUTION: THE AIR WE BREATHE

In 1970, Congress passed the Clean Air Act that required each state to achieve air quality standards as set by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) by 1977. Although improvement has been achieved nationwide with respect to air quality, Cumberland County does not comply with current standards for ozone and fine particulate matter.

The American Lung Association (ALA) ranks Cumberland Country’s atmosphere as the 24th most polluted area in the United States, comparable to New York City.*

Due to the concentration of truck traffic in Cumberland County, fine particulate pollution from diesel exhaust is much higher than in most places and is astronomical along the “Miracle Mile” in Middlesex Township.

Diesel exhaust is a mixture of particulate matter, gases and chemical compounds containing 40 known environmental contaminants. Fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) consists largely of carbon (soot) to which other chemical substances bind. As we breathe, these tiny particles carrying toxic substances enter our lungs and are deposited in the deepest recesses of our lung tissue. Some of these toxic substances can cause cancer or other adverse health effects.

Breathing diesel emissions containing these fine particles can result in exacerbation of lung disease, i.e. asthma and emphysema, and can precipitate heart attacks. Populations at particular risk include infants, children and the elderly with pre-existing heart and lung disease. In addition, diesel exhaust is known to contain three carcinogens that cause lung and bladder cancer. According to ALA reports, scientists estimate that 50,000 to 100,000 people die each year as a result of air pollution. Studies have shown that children exposed to diesel exhaust exhibit abnormal lung development which appears to be permanent.

The construction of additional distribution parks will undoubtedly bring more diesel trucks into the area and will have public health implications. Carlisle already is a “hot spot” of diesel pollution.

We acknowledge that the trucking industry is vital to our way of life and to the economy. We have benefited from it as much as anyone and do not advocate eliminating the trucking industry. However, we also believe that proper and insightful environmental planning is essential for our community’s future and its health and well-being.

As the American Lung Association slogan states:

“When you can’t breathe, nothing else really matters!”

*Based on 24-hour PM 2.5 measurements.

The foregoing is authored by Dr. Phil Carey and agreed to by:

Adam C. Abram, MD

Ali Ahmed, MD

David P. Albright, MD

Edwin A. Aquino, MD

Daniel M. Armesto, MD

Ramesh Arora , MD

Shiv S. Aggarwal, MD

William Bachinsky, MD

Bruce. O Bailey, MD

David C. Baker, MD

Michael J. Banach, MD

Sherma B. Bharucha, MD

Gary L. Blacksmith, Jr., MD

Richard N. Blutstein, MD

Todd A. Bokelman, MD

T. Alex Boshnakov, MD

Joseph Brazel, MD

D. Shaun Bryant, MD

Howard W. Burkett, DPM

David Calcagno, MD

Joseph J. Campbell, MD

Philip D. Carey, MD

John Caruso, DO

David P. Chernicoff, DP

Howard R. Cohen, MD

Johnson G. Coyle, MD

J. Edward Dagen, MD

Faith Daggs, MD

Michael Daniels, MD

H. R. Davis, MD

Lisa M. Davis, MD

Richard L. Davis, MD

William E. Demuth, Jr., MD

George W. Ehly, MD

David B. Evans, MD

Katarzyna Ferraro , MD

Thomas S. Filip, MD

Thomas J. Green, MD

L. Greer, DPM

Darryl Guistwite, DO

Kenneth R. Guistwite, MD

J. L. Hardesty, MD

Richard C. Harker, MD

Jeffrey H. Harris, MD

David L. Hartzell, MD

Creston C. Herold, Jr., MD

Daniel P. Hely, MD

Webb S. Hersperger, MD

Louis Hieb MD

Mohammad Ismail, MD

Russell R. Janson, MD

William K. Jenkins, DDS

James R. Johnston, III, MD

Marion N. Johnston, MD

John C. Jurgenson, MD

Sharad K. Khetarpal MD

Serge Kolev, MD

Donald J. Kovacs, MD

Stephen J. Krebs, MD

Robert Lasek, MD

Gregory L. Lewis, MD

John G. Loeffler, MD

Wallace A. Longton, MD

Michael E. Lupinacci, MD

Russell Macaluso, MD

Ronald G. Mangan, DMD

Robert E. Martin, MD

David S. Masland, MD

Allan Mira, MD

George K. Moffitt, Jr., MD

Barry Moore, MD

Thomas C. O’Malley, MD

Louis Myers MD

Michael J. Oplinger, MD

George P. Ong, MD

Roger H. Ostdahl, MD

Maria Papoutsis, MD

William J. Phelan, MD

Mark Pinker, DPM

Joseph A. Pion, DO

Larry S. Rankin, MD

Kent R. Rentschler, DMD

Keith S. Rice, MD

Carol Robison, DO

Noelle, Rotondo, DO

Ronald Schlansky, MD

William L. Shelley, MD

Michael F. Smith, MD

A. Sposic, MD

Bruce H. Spivak, DMD

L. M. Stankovic, MD

Drew Stoken, MD

Leon Sweer, MD

David I. Thompson, MD

J. B. Tocks, MD

Jay A. Townsend, MD

E. Violago, MD

Timothy P. Walsh MD

David L. Wampler, MD

William J. West, Sr., MD

Willis W. Willard, MD

Raymond J. Wiss, MD

Bradford J. Wood, MD

James A. Yates, MD

James P. Yeager, MD

John P. Zornosa, M

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