On October 22, 2018, dozens of medical professionals, health scientists and national healthcare organizations released a statement in opposition to the EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy Rule (ACE) which will weaken public health protections from coal plant pollution.
The statement and signatures can be found here.
Over the past 20 years, more than three-quarters of all human-caused emissions of air pollutants has come from the burning of fossil fuels.
Many scientific studies link outdoor air pollution to harmful brain impacts.
The chemicals in air pollution are “prime examples of toxic chemicals that can contribute to learning, behavioral or intellectual impairment, as well as specific neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD or autism,” according to a definitive, published scientific consensus by 47 leading scientists, healthcare providers and children’s health advocates.
Pollutants from burning fossil fuel include tiny particles — too small to see with the naked eye — that get trapped in the lungs, brain and blood stream; toxic metals like lead and mercury; black carbon; and hundreds of toxic chemicals called PAHs.
Read more about the Link Between Fossil Fuels and Neurological Harm.
Read more about the Damages to Health from Coal-Fired Power Plants.