Boxer Says World Health Organization Report Will Prompt Hearing on Air Pollution

Barbara Boxer (D-CA) chairs a meeting of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on January 14, 2009.
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Alex Brown
Oct. 17, 2013, 1:10 p.m.

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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