Air Quality

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Transportation emissions lead to poor indoor and outdoor air quality, disproportionately affecting low-income and BIPOC neighborhoods, and especially impacting children at home and school every day. For instance, living near a substation or highway puts children at risk from a young age as they inhale high levels of ozone, sulfur oxides, nitrous oxides, and other contaminants with each breath. We can’t afford to wait any longer to take action and address transit emissions.

An Act to Improve Outdoor and Indoor Air Quality for Communities Burdened by Transportation Pollution will improve indoor and outdoor air quality, especially for EJ populations and those communities burdened by air emissions from highways, ports, airports, and congested roadways. The bill will expand outdoor air monitoring, set new ambitious air quality targets, require the installation of air filters in schools, residential buildings with more than 2 tenant-occupied units, certain commercial buildings, and correctional facilities within 200 meters of congested roadways.

The bill will also upgrade building codes to prevent the installation of new gas stoves and require advanced HVAC filtration systems for daycare facilities, residential developments, hospitals, schools, long-term care facilities, school-aged child care programs, temporary shelters, nursing homes.

 

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