NO. R-102. JOINT RESOLUTION RELATING TO EPAS PROPOSED REVISED AMBIENT AIR QUALITY STANDARDS FOR OZONE AND FINE PARTICULATES.
( J.R.S. 18)
Offered by: Senator Ready of Addison County.
Whereas, the federal Clean Air Act requires the EPA to promulgate and revise national ambient air quality standards that provide for the level of air quality necessary to protect public health, and
Whereas, the EPA is required to undertake detailed independent scientific review of all of the available health and welfare information in setting and revising the national ambient air quality standards, and
Whereas, recent studies have linked exposure to ozone in the ambient air to increased hospital admissions for respiratory illness, increased susceptibility to respiratory infection and lung inflammation, and
Whereas, long-term exposure to ozone can cause irreversible changes in the lungs leading to chronic respiratory illnesses such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and/or premature aging of the lungs, and
Whereas, the current primary standard for ozone is not adequate to protect the public from adverse health effects, and
Whereas, recent studies suggest that significant health effects including premature mortality, increased hospital admissions and other respiratory illnesses result from exposure to fine particulates at concentrations below the current standards, and
Whereas, concentrations of fine particulates are also responsible for significant visibility impairment in areas of importance to Vermonts tourism industry, and
Whereas, the current primary standard for particulate matter is not adequate to protect the public from the adverse health effects attributable to exposure to fine particulates, and
Whereas, children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to the adverse health effects resulting from exposure to ozone and fine particulates, and
Whereas, comprehensive economic analysis will be done in the implementation of the regulatory process, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That it is the sense of the General Assembly that the EPA should fulfill its duty under the Clean Air Act to review and revise national ambient air quality standards to levels that are necessary to protect public health, and be it further
Resolved: That the General Assembly urges the EPA to revise the standards in accordance with recent scientific evidence connecting exposure to ozone and fine particulate to significant adverse health effects, particularly to children and the elderly, and be it further
Resolved: That the General Assembly urges the EPA to expeditiously finalize the standards for ozone and fine particulate as proposed by the EPA on November 29, 1996, and be it further
Resolved: That the Secretary of State is directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the President, Vice President, Vermonts Congressional delegation, and the Administrator of the EPA in Washington, D.C.