WASHINGTON — Eleven attorneys general, including Maryland and DC, are calling on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to address the public health and safety hazards surrounding home gas stoves.
Washington, D.C. Attorney General Brian L. Schwalb led an effort on Monday to urge the agency responsible for regulating consumer product safety in the United States to criticize gas stoves for children and underserved low-income families. requested that concerns be addressed that would adversely affect the community of
“District residents have the right to perform routine tasks such as cooking without endangering their health and well-being,” Schwalb said. “Gas stoves emit air pollutants that put people, especially children, at risk for asthma and other respiratory diseases. We urge the development of uniform standards to raise consumer awareness of the health risks posed by these devices.”
More than 3,000 individuals, 205 medical professionals, and 139 organizations commented on concerns over gas stove contamination in response to CPSC’s Request for Information (RFI) on chronic hazards associated with gas ranges submitted.
A recent peer-reviewed study found that nearly 13% of childhood asthma in the United States can be attributed to gas stove pollution.
Gas stoves are used in approximately 40% of US homes. It emits air pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and particulate matter and has been linked to respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other health conditions, but has been declared unsafe by the EPA and the World Health Organization. This is the level pointed out.
Low-income households are more likely to suffer from gas stove pollution due to smaller unit sizes, more people living in the house, older and unmaintained appliances, poor ventilation, heating the house with gas stoves, and lack of gas stoves. increased risk of exposure to Resources for upgrading to new appliances.
Children living in low-income DC areas with poor housing conditions have higher rates of both asthma incidence and asthma hospitalization than children in high-income areas.
A group of Attorney Generals has called on the CPSC to develop uniform performance standards for gas stoves, mandating ventilation standards to effectively reduce indoor pollutants. This includes automatic venting of range hoods that exhaust outdoors. Additionally, the agency hopes his CPSC will work to raise consumer awareness of the health hazards associated with gas stoves so they can protect themselves.
Attorney General Schwalb joined with Attorneys General from Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and New York City.
To read the full letter, click here.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
See: Environmentalists lobbi DC to ban natural gas stoves, furnaces
Gas used for cooking, drying clothes and heating accounts for 23% of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the city’s own calculations.
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