EOH-008: Clean Air
- The Wisconsin Medical Society supports setting the national primary and secondary ambient air quality standards at the level necessary to protect the public health. Establishing such standards at the level necessary to protect the public health. Establishing such standards at a level “allowing an adequate margin of safety,” as provided in current law, should be maintained, but more scientific research should be conducted on the health effects of the standards currently set by the EPA.
- The Wisconsin Medical Society supports continued protection of certain geographic areas (i.e., those with air quality better than the national standards) from significant quality deterioration by requiring strict, but reasonable, emission limitations for new sources.
- The Wisconsin Medical Society endorses a more effective hazardous pollutant program to allow for efficient control of serious health hazards posed by airborne toxic pollutants.
- The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that more research is needed on the causes and effects of acid rain, and that the procedures to control pollution from another state need to be improved.
- The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that attaining the national ambient air quality standards for nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide is necessary for the long-term benefit of the public health. Emission limitations for motor vehicles should be supported as a long-term goal until appropriate peer-reviewed scientific data demonstrate that the limitations are not required to protect the public health. (BOT Rep. R, A-82; Reaffirmed: CLRPD Rep. A, I-92; Amended: CSA Rep. 8, A-03; Reaffirmation I-06; Reaffirmed in lieu of Res. 509, A-09; Reaffirmation I-09)
The Society urges the enactment of comprehensive clear ambient air legislation that will lessen risks to human health.
The Society supports cooperative efforts with the Administration, Congress, national, state and local medical societies, and other organizations to achieve a comprehensive national policy and program to address the adverse health effects from environmental pollution factors, including air and water pollution, toxic substances, the “greenhouse effect,” stratospheric ozone depletion and other contaminants.
The Society supports federal legislation that meaningfully reduces the following four major power plant emissions: mercury, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide. (HOD, 0412)