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Clear Air Standards A Win for Black Businesses & Communities

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) supports the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) leadership to strengthen the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) in efforts to protect public health.  Reducing the ground-level ozone pollution standards from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb will reduce all Americans’ exposure to ozone, improving health conditions for all, especially those who are the most at-risk.  Many of our USBC members own homes and businesses within underutilized and developing urban areas, and unfortunately, oftentimes these neighborhoods are disproportionately affected by unfavorable environmental circumstances.  Asthma and other lung diseases can lead to higher medication costs and a less effective workforce. 

By cleaning up the atmosphere across the country, we are less likely to see sick students, workers, and community members.  With a healthier local community, our business owners stand a much better chance at success, knowing that they can count on their workforce to perform at their best capacity.

 

Ron Busby

President

U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.

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