With the Trump administration proposing to weaken federal air quality and global warming emissions standards, air pollution remains a threat to public health. According to a new report by
"All Washingtonians should be able to breathe clean air. Even one day with polluted air is too many," said
For the report, Trouble in the Air: Millions of
"There's no safe level of exposure to smog and particulate pollution," said
Also, wildfires, already increasing in intensity and frequency due to drought and higher temperatures, create particulates and other air pollution that can travel for hundreds of miles.
These troubling findings come at a time when the Trump administration has announced new guidelines to weaken the federal clean car standards, a critical program to cut global warming emissions and increase fuel efficiency. In late June,
The report's authors called on the federal government to strengthen, not weaken, the clean car standards and continue to allow states to adopt stronger vehicle pollution standards. The authors also called on
"To protect our health, we must keep cutting smog, particulate pollution and global warming emissions," said Speight. "We must accelerate our progress, not hit the brakes on effective programs like the federal clean car standards."