We must measure and mitigate, we must have a strategy, and we must force policy makers to do their job.
We need an effective mitigation strategy. We must protect our citizens from the involuntary breathing of these particles. It may seem impossible but, DNA does change due to the influence of road dust. Our children will be paying for our ignorance if not corrected immediately. Impaction traps, as a strategy, will mitigate particulate pollution.
Your chances of being affected by particles increase the more strenuous your activity and the longer you are active outdoors. The Environmental Protection Agency suggests that in order to reduce your exposure you limit or reduce your activity time. Walk – don’t jog. “And, don’t exercise near busy roads; particle levels are higher in these areas.” Telling the public not to breathe is not an effective mitigation strategy.
The American Lung Association™ in its State of the Air: 2007 report cries out the need to fight for standards that protect Americans from dangerous levels of air pollution. Terri E. Weaver, PhD, RN American Lung Association Chair, says:
“Even in many areas EPA currently considers safe, the science clearly shows that the air is too often dangerous to breathe, particularly for those with lung disease. Protecting Americans from potentially deadly air pollution means we need more protective federal standards, so that every community in the United States can have truly clean air.”
The American Lung Association™ cries for standards that still do not recognize the need to address the danger of the pollution corridor.
Join us in and insist that each state begin proper monitoring of particulate pollution. Go to our website, www.streetvac.com, click on Cleaning America Mile by Mile, and insist that each of our state and federal governments protect us from the involuntary breathing of particulate matter. Americans should only breathe truly clean air!