- Why is Toxics Right-To-Know important for clean air? (read the PDF summary)
- Get involved with the Cleaner Air Oregon state government initiative
- Take the Air Quality DEQ Survey TODAY–be sure to use health-based criteria!
Air Quality Advocacy Groups Ask for Governor’s Attention to Cleaner Air Policy Meetings
- Press Release (9/19/16) – PDF
- Read the letter here
- Read more about the government’s Cleaner Air Oregon initiative
The right to clean air is a fundamental human right. Without air, human beings would cease to exist. Yet every day, toxic substances are released into the air we breathe and this can affect us in many ways. Congress established the Clean Air Act in 1970, as a federal effort to reduce smog that plagued cities throughout the US. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was also established this year to carry out the law. Under the Clean Air Act, states are given the responsibility of meeting air quality standards set by the EPA.
Exposure to air pollution has been linked to premature death, higher prevalence of lung disease, decreased productivity in school and work, lost earnings, and school absences. Communities of color suffer higher asthma rates.
Low-income and communities of color are likely to live in areas where pollutants exceed amounts set forth by EPA regulation. Furthermore, in Oregon and throughout the US, these communities rely on jobs provided by the industries that emit toxic substances into the air they breathe. Needless to say, air pollution carries social, environmental, health, and economic consequences.
Beyond Toxics is committed to mitigating the effects of air pollution by improving state and local air quality policies, mobilizing communities, and working with local and regional partners to reduce diesel particulate, fine particulates, hazardous air pollutants and other toxins released into the air.
Key accomplishments include:
- Providing the leadership and advocacy to pass Oregon’s No Top Off law.
- Providing the leadership and advocacy to pass Oregon’s Benzene Emissions Reduction law that protects workers, drivers and nearby neighborhoods from benzene exposure at gas stations.
- Awarded three US EPA grants to carry out air quality protection projects including two Environmental Justice grants for vulnerable minority and lower income communities
- Helped mobilize communities threatened by smoke stack emissions from biomass incineration in Lane, Marion and Klamath counties.