Following a World Health Organization statement Thursday that labeled air pollution a carcinogen, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is planning a hearing to look into the matter.
WHO estimated that air pollution has caused 223,000 deaths since 2010 from lung cancer alone. "[T]he air we breathe has become polluted with a mixture of cancer-causing substances like toxic soot," Boxer said in a statement. "I plan to hold a hearing at the earliest opportunity on the critical role played by the Clean Air Act in reducing the health threat posed to our children and families by toxins found in outdoor air pollution."
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