Athletes, Unite for Clean Air!
Imagine: Pittsburgh’s beautiful skyline, cyclists whizzing by on a trail, and you, all on the nightly news! GASP needs you to come to a press event on Monday, July 16th, to show support for cleaner air for our region (and the whole country).
In June, the EPA proposed to strengthen the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for PM2.5 by setting the annual standard at a level within the range of 12-13 micrograms per cubic meter. EPA proposes to retain the daily standard at 35ug/m3. The EPA is currently accepting comments on the proposed rule through August 31, 2012 and a hearing is being held in Philadelphia on July 17th.
To sufficiently protect those most at risk–children, teens, seniors, people with chronic lung diseases like asthma, people with cardiovascular disease, and people who work or exercise outdoors—we are calling upon EPA to set an annual standard of 11 micrograms per cubic meter (11ug/m3) and a daily standard of 25ug/m3. This is in line with many in the scientific, medical, and environmental community such as the American Lung Association, American Heart Association, American Thoracic Society, Clean Air Task Force, and Earthjustice.
But we can’t do it alone. We’re looking for you to join us as we explain this to the media. The more people in the frame, the better! Come in your regular clothes or dressed in an outfit from your sport of choice–cyclists’ spandex, skateboard pads, running gear, or whatever you’d like. All participants will get a FREE Athletes United t-shirt, in white or charcoal. Please contact Jamin via email or at (412) 924-0604 for information and to let us know if you can join us.
Monday, July 16th
Trail/parking lot behind Riverwalk Corporate Centre (old Terminal Building), South Side, Pittsburgh