When we get out for a hike, bike, paddle or other exercise, we deserve the peace of mind that comes with knowing we are breathing fresh, clean air. Yet, even rural mountains such as Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire or Shenandoah National Park in Virginia can experience ozone concentrations as high as those found in urban areas. Unfortunately, ozone — a component of smog — is a particularly troublesome pollutant for those pursuing outdoor recreation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers those exercising a “sensitive group” since we breathe greater volumes of air, and breathe more deeply when exercising. As a result, recreationists are warned to limit outdoor activities during high ozone events, which happen several times each summer. In order to protect public health and our environment, when the issue of tightening national ozone standards is at hand we need to speak up.
Now is the time for President Obama to speak up for clean air and support the most protective new ozone standard under consideration: 60 parts per billion for health and 7 parts per million-hours for the environment.
If you agree and value clean air in the mountains and in your backyard, President Obama needs to hear from you TODAY!
Call the President at 202-456-1111 or use our sample Facebook and Tweets below.
Call President Obama today at 202-456-1111. Urge him to support healthy outdoor exercise by issuing a strong ozone standard.
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