Kevin Cromar Comments

on National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter


Director of Health, Environment, and Policy, Kevin Cromar, delivered comments on behalf of the North American Chapter of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology and the American Thoracic Society, in response to EPA’s Reconsideration of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter. These comments drilled down into how health and medical research can inform policy decisions by the EPA Administrator, including:

  • Interpretation of epidemiological evidence in support of a revised annual standard for fine particulate matter;
  • The need to revise the short-term standard to address exposure and health inequalities; and
  • How revisions to breakpoints in the Air Quality Index are needed to protect vulnerable populations from typical ambient exposures and the general population from extreme events such as wildland fires or dust storms.

Cromar directed the Environmental Health Policy Committee for the American Thoracic Society draft of written comments, and he organized a group of trainees from NYU (Alex Azan, MD), George Washington University (Kate O’Dell, PhD), and the University of Washington (Yuzhou Wang) to draft written comments on behalf of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology.

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