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Stronger Ozone Standard Could Dramatically Reduce Asthma, Premature Deaths
Date:2/4/2010

EDF Testifies 20 Million+ Residents in South Coast, San Joaquin Valley Would Benefit

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Environmental Defense Fund testified today that strengthening the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone pollution from 75 to 60 parts per billion (ppb) would reduce premature death rates by 60-fold and reduce asthma cases 50-fold, according to analyses by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The testimony is being given at an EPA public hearing to reconsider the adequacy of a controversial national ozone air quality standard adopted by the Agency in 2008.  

"The bottom line is that overwhelming evidence shows that ozone dramatically affects public health, can kill people, has an economic cost to our country, and impairs our environment and quality of life," testified EDF policy analyst Ca
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