Hispanic Americans face greater levels of air pollution

A report issued by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), with the support of Clear the Air, found that more than 7 out of 10 Hispanic Americans are breathing air that violates federal pollution standards. Hispanic Americans face a threat 16 percent greater than the overall population. The report, Air of Injustice: How Power Plant Pollution Affects the Health of Hispanics and Latinos, documents the impact of air pollution on Hispanic Americans, summarizing, for the first time, the statistics available regarding the health impacts of this pollution, and taking a special look at air pollution from power plants, the largest industrial source of pollution. The increased exposure to air pollution makes Latino families more vulnerable to health problems associated with air pollutants such as low birth weight and asthma attacks. Factors such as poverty, language barriers and lack of access to health care increase the danger. For the press release on the report, as well as to access the full report, click here: //www.lulac.org/advocacy/issues/environment/pollutionreport2.pdf