One of the most common questions we receive at the Global Indoor Health Network:
Why Doesn't the Government Do Something About Indoor Air Pollution?
to read GIHN's press release in response to that question. The short answer is: Big Business says NO WAY. And, as we know, government answers to Big Business, not to individuals. Our position statement
provides detailed information in response to this question.
From the 1989
Massachusetts report: “The indoor air we breathe often contains pollutants which may have health effects ranging from annoying to deadly. Major pollutant types found in indoor environments include tobacco smoke, radon gas, formaldehyde, asbestos, volatile organic compounds, pesticides, combustion products and biological contaminants. For most of these pollutants, concentrations measured indoors exceed levels found outdoors yet current environmental air pollution laws and regulations are not protective of these indoor environments. They focus instead on the outdoor environment even though individuals spend about ninety percent (90%) of their time indoors.”
From the 1989 EPA report
to Congress: "“The population health risks posed by exposure to indoor air pollutants appear to be significantly greater than the health risks posed by some of the environmental problems that receive the most public concern and governmental funding, including hazardous and non-hazardous waste sites, and contaminated sludge."
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