SOURCE: American Lung Association

June 23, 2005 14:18 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: More Danger in the Air: The New Science of Fine Particle Pollution

And Why You'll Want to Start Paying Attention Now

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 23, 2005 -- It seems like only yesterday. In 1997, the cast of "Seinfeld" celebrated Festivus. "Titanic" won the Oscar for best picture. And the U.S. EPA set tougher new standards aimed at cleaning up deadly fine-particle pollution in our air.

But that was eight long years ago. Time has moved on. So has the science of air pollution.

Now there is a growing scientific consensus that those 1997 air quality standards aren't sufficient to protect tens of millions of Americans from getting ill. And very soon the EPA will be called on again to take action -- perhaps the most important decision that EPA Administrator Steve Johnson will ever make.

Why are scientists more concerned than ever about fine-particle pollution? What is EPA likely to do? And how might this affect the health of your readers and listeners?

For the answers, please join us at a media briefing as we explore the new science of fine particle pollution and how the government should respond.

Who:    Dr. George D. Thurston, Associate Professor of Environmental
        Medicine, Nelson Institute of Environmental Medicine, NYU School
        of Medicine

        Janice Nolen, Director, National Policy, American Lung
        Association

        Frank O'Donnell, President, Clean Air Watch

When:   10 a.m., Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Where:  Lisagor Room
        National Press Club
        529 14th Street, NW
        Washington, DC
If you are outside DC and can't attend in person, please join a Telephone Conference call with our speakers, 12 noon EDT (please call in 5-10 minutes before the start of the conference).

Phone: 1-888-632-5950, access code: ALA Air Quality Standards.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Diane Maple
    (202) 785-3355
    (202) 493-9001 (cell)

    Frank O'Donnell
    (202) 558-3827
    (202) 302-2065 (cell)