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AUGUST 27, 2002
3:37 PM
CONTACT:  US Public Interest Research Group
Elizabeth Hitchcock, Jennifer Mueller, U.S. PIRG, 202-546-9707
Annual Summer Smog Study Shows Persistent Public Health Threat in America
Proposed EPA Changes to Clean Air Regulations Would Worsen Already Dire Problem

WASHINGTON - August 27 -

What: U.S. PIRG press conference to release Danger in the Air: A 2001 Ozone Season Summary analyzing state-by-state ground level ozone (smog) data from a network of more than a thousand local ozone monitors. The report includes a full analysis of the 2001 season and preliminary data for the summer of 2002 for 20 states and the District of Columbia.

The author will discuss policy implications of the data, including the harmful effects of a Bush Administration proposal to allow industrial polluters to avoid installing new pollution controls.

Who: Rebecca Stanfield, U.S. PIRG staff attorney and author of the report Public health advocates

When: Thursday, August 29, 2002 at 10:30 am.

Where: Garfield Park on Capitol Hill at the intersection of 2nd Street, SE and South Carolina Ave, SE.

Rain Location: 2105 Rayburn House Office Building.

Visuals: Kids playing on park equipment near a highway and coal fired power plant. Map illustrating state-by-state data. Display of ad produced by U.S. PIRG and other national environmental organizations currently running in DC Metro stations.


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