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Air Quality / EPA #874161

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 21, 2007
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(Studio: Katie Couric) The formation of ground level ozone explained; map shown of problem areas.

(Washington: Wyatt Andrews) The EPA’s proposal to reduce the ozone emissions standard examined; details given of criticism that the standard should be even lower and pressure from power and energy industries to maintain the current level. [EPA Stephen JOHNSON†- notes the health risk from ozone.] [American Lung Assn. Janice NOLEN†- says anything to reduce this deadly air pollutant will save lives.] [National Assn. of Manufacturers Bryan BRENDLE†- cites the cost for a power plant to install compliance technology.]

(Oakland, California: John Blackstone) The ill effects of ozone on children featured; scenes shown of asthma patient Damaria Wood†† at the children's hospital in Oakland, California; statistics on emergency asthma treatment cited; details given from studies by Yale and Johns Hopkins universities. [Nurse practitioner Mindy BENSON†- says they are gasping for breath.] [Mother Qiana ABRAM††- talks about baby Walter’s asthma.] [University of California at San Francisco Dr. Homer BOUSHEY†- notes increased likelihood of asthma symptoms on days of high ozone.] [California Air Resources Karen CAESAR†- cites the reduction in ozone.]

Couric, Katie;
Andrews, Wyatt;
Blackstone, John

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