Society Letters

Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health Comments to EPA Proposed Rule

December 02, 2019

To: The U.S Environmental Protection Agency 

"The rollback directly endangers the health of millions of people throughout the United States who receive medical care from U.S. physicians. This proposal also threatens to do widespread damage to our life supporting atmosphere and thus has profound implications for the health and wellbeing of all Americans and all populations of people around the world. The directly damaging health impacts of increases in methane are diverse and far reaching.  Increasing evidence from the last couple of decades shows that greater methane exposure is detrimental to pregnancy and newborn health leading to higher levels of premature birth and low birth weight. A growing body of peer-reviewed science documents negative health outcomes, such as premature birth, congenital heart defects, neural tube defects, and low birth weight for infants born to mothers living near natural gas drilling sites."

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