November 6, 2019
Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard Peltier recently wrote an essay titled "Particulate Matter Air Pollution: Here’s Why The Facts Matter" for the Union of Concerned Scientists blog.
The post coincided with the efforts of 20 air quality scientists, including Peltier, to donate their time and expertise to discuss the science and policy around one of the most prevalent air pollutants in the country: fine particulate matter. Their volunteer work comes on the heels of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s dismissal of its particulate matter review panel, a group of experts who have provided vital input into EPA’s particulate standard updates since they began more than a decade ago.
Peltier says it is important to know as much about particulate matter air pollution as possible because it has such a big impact on people’s health. He says scientists are focused on finding out more about particulate matter and how it interacts with the environment where we all live.
"But all scientists are on a relentless and objective search for truth, and we volunteer our time to tease out this truth, despite our many other professional obligations," Peltier writes. "It is outrageous that the EPA is so dismissive of objective science, and I’m grateful for the volunteers electing to meet this week in their search for truth. For me, the search for scientific truth is worth the additional workload, because there is a broader impact to this quest; I know that policy crafted on good science benefits us all."