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Allergy & Asthma Network is joining with other advocacy groups in urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to restore California’s authority to enforce greenhouse gas pollution standards.

In 2013, the Clean Air Act directed EPA to grant California a waiver to set more protective greenhouse gas and zero-emission vehicle standards than the federal government. It allowed other states to adopt California’s standards. However, the Trump Administration revoked the waiver in 2019.

On June 2, during a virtual hearing with EPA, Allergy & Asthma Network Director of Advocacy Charmayne Anderson provided testimony in support of the waiver. Restoring California’s authority is a key step in protecting public health and the environment, she says. EPA must use all available tools to address climate change with states.

Other efforts to address the health impacts of climate change:

  • Letter to EPA calling for stronger limits on oil and gas industry pollution, including methane (June 4).
  • Take Action: Urge your member of Congress to support the “Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act” (H.R. 3271 / S.1702). This legislation directs the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop a national strategic action plan and program to assist health professionals in preparing for and responding to the public health effects of climate change.
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