Environmental Health Policy Committee

Chair Jack R. Harkema, DVM, PhD, ATSF Okemos, MI
Vice Chair Brenda Marsh, MD, PhD Portland, OR
Committee Member Alison Lee, MD, MS New York, NY
Committee Member Anne Hicks, MD, FRCPC, MSc, PhD Edmonton, AB, Canada
Committee Member Daniel L. Costa, ScD Chapel Hill, NC
Committee Member Daniel Croft, MD, MPH Rochester, NY
Committee Member Erika M. Moseson, MD, MA Portland, OR
Committee Member Franziska J. Rosser, MD, MPH Pittsburgh, PA
Committee Member Isabella S. Annesi-Maesano, MD, PhD, DSc Paris, Ile de France, France
Committee Member Jack R. Harkema, DVM, PhD, ATSF Okemos, MI
Committee Member Kevin Cromar, PhD Brooklyn, NY
Committee Member Laura M. Paulin, MD, MHS Lebanon, NH
Committee Member Mario F. Perez, MD, MPH Farmington, CT
Committee Member Peter S. Thorne, MS, PhD Iowa City, IA
Committee Member Rebecca S. Chinthrajah, MD Stanford, CA
Committee Member Robert Paine, MD Salt Lake City, UT
Staff Gary Ewart, MHS Washington, DC

The committee is responsible for helping develop the ATS’s policy on outdoor air pollution, indoor air pollution, occupational respiratory health and climate change. It monitors, evaluates the scientific rationale for, and proposes policies that seek to control ambient air pollutants, occupational exposures to respiratory toxicants, and indoor air pollution, as well as to mitigate the health impacts of climate change. The Committee coordinates its activities with the Health Policy Committee and the Environmental and Occupational Health Assembly of the ATS. In particular, it monitors activities of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the World Health Organization (WHO). The Committee also proposes legislation when appropriate to maintain the effectiveness of air quality laws, including the U.S. Clean Air Act.

Benchmarks, 2021-2022:

Monitor and participate in the federal rule making process for regulations addressing air quality, occupational health and climate change through providing timely scientific communication, submitting written comments on proposed rules, and preparing legal Amicus briefs;

Highlight the need to grow the scope of the Health of the Air Report (by including wildfire smoke exposure data), seek additional funding to expand the utility of the report, and provide support for evidence-based rule making.

Engage every member of the committee to provide meaningful contributions to at least one committee work product during the year.

Explore opportunities to advance environmental justice in collaboration with the Health Equality and Diversity Committee.

Explore opportunities to increase social media presence.