American Lung Association – Remembering Janice Nolen
A nationally recognized air quality expert and author of key air quality reports has died. Janice Nolen, a longtime American Lung Association official, died at her home on April 15, 2020. Ms. Nolen directed the Lung Association’s actions in air quality regulatory advocacy and litigation. Her work in this area resulted in the strengthening of the national air quality standards for ozone and particle pollution. She led the National Radon Action Plan Leadership Council that developed the U.S. National Radon Action Plan to reduce radon risk in five million homes. She formerly served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee.
Editor’s note: The NTAA is deeply saddened by the loss of Janice Nolen. She was a great advocate for clean air and friend of the NTAA. If you would like to offer well-wishes and condolences to Janice’s family, please consider the following sites:
To honor Janice’s memory, the American Lung Association has created the Janice E. Nolen Healthy Air Internship, ensuring younger professionals continue the important work of protecting our nation’s air quality. If you would like to make a donation in memory of Janice Nolen, your gift will continue Janice’s legacy with this dedicated internship to mentor young advocates.
The American Lung Association has released the 2020 State of the Air Report.
According to ALA, “This report is dedicated to Janice E. Nolen, the leading force behind the history of this report and a tireless champion of lung health and healthy air.” This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Clean Air Act, which is responsible for dramatic improvements in air quality. Despite this, a new report from the American Lung Association finds nearly half of the nation’s population – 150 million people – lived with and breathed polluted air, placing their health and lives at risk. The 21st annual “State of the Air” report finds that climate change continues to make air pollution worse, with many western communities again experiencing record-breaking spikes in particle pollution due to wildfires. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of air pollution on lung health is of heightened concern. The 2020 “State of the Air” report analyzed data from 2016, 2017 and 2018, the three years with the most recent quality-assured air pollution data. Notably, those three years were among the five hottest recorded in global history.
Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall: Improving Health within Our Communities, Wednesday, April 22, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Eastern Time
The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health and Indian Health Service will hold a virtual town hall meeting on April 22 and 29 from 2-3 pm EDT. Target audience: Public health nurses, community health representatives (CHR), health educators, and others working on the frontlines of COVID-19 prevention in Indian Country. Objectives include:
- Understand the current state of COVID-19 disease
- Highlight community-based response activities
- Provide information on key resources
With an opportunity for Q & A with the experts. Register for the webinar here.
The National Association of Clean Air Agencies releases a “Clean Air Educational Activities and Resources” document
In response to COVID-19 and the closure of schools across America, federal, state, local and Tribal clean air agencies are making available educational activities and resources to teachers, parents and students providing opportunities for continued learning while staying safe at home. This document lists some of the outstanding educational resources that have been made available. We will continue to update this list as we learn about more educational resources.
New York Times – 50 Years of Earth Day: What’s Better Today, and what’s worse
Indian Country Today – EPA rejects Obama-era rules on air quality; critics cite COVID-19 link
Safety and Health Magazine – Amid COVID-19 pandemic, lawmakers urge EPA to extend comment periods
Medium – The Most Quiet of Killers
NY Times – E.P.A. Weakens Controls on Mercury
Anchorage Daily News – Pebble mine opponents lose court case over 2014 EPA report
Reuters – A breath of fresh air
National Association of Clean Air Agencies – Washington Update
The New Yorker – The Coronavirus and Climate Change, the Great Crises of Our Time
E&E News – How the pandemic upended climate politics
Santa Maria Times – Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians named Waste Wise ‘Partner of the Year’ by EPA
High Country News – Uranium mining threatens our home, the Grand Canyon
Inhabitant – How clean is your indoor air?
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