Huffington Post - "EPA's Air Pollution Rule A 'Great Victory,' Say Public Health And Environmental Advocates"
Dr. Philip J. Landrigan, Dean for Global Health and Director of the Children's Environmental Health Center, discusses the EPA’s new limits on toxic pollutants in food, water and the air.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled historic new rules on Wednesday that would limit the mercury, arsenic and other toxic pollutants in America's air, water and food. Between 300,000 and 600,000 of the four million babies born in the U.S. each year are exposed to significant amounts of mercury while in the womb, said Dr. Philip Landrigan, Dean for Global Health, Chairman Department of Preventive Medicine and Director of Children's Environmental Health Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. "These babies all suffer losses of IQ," said Dr. Landrigan, who calculated that every IQ point is worth $10,000 in lifetime earnings. "That's why any action that the EPA takes to reduce mercury emissions is so incredibly important," he said. Learn more