EPA announced a major proposal to reduce emissions of toxins from coal-burning power plants. Jonathon Truwit, MD represented the American Thoracic Society.
As one of the nation’s top pulmonary and critical care specialists and a member of the American Thoracic Society (ATS), Jonathon Truwit, MD, professor of medicine in the UVA School of Medicine, was asked by the ATS to be its spokesperson at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) press conference on March 16, 2011, at which the EPA announced a major proposal to reduce emissions of toxins from coal-burning power plants. The proposal would create the first national standard of its kind, requiring plants to enforce stringent safety requirements to prevent harmful mercury, arsenic and other toxins from being released into the air.
These new standards, according to an EPA news release and spokesperson EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, would protect the health of millions of Americans by preventing thousands of premature deaths and heart attacks as well as childhood asthma.
At the EPA press conference, Dr. Truwit spoke both as the ATS representative and on behalf of his patients at the University of Virginia Health System. “When I see young patients in the ICU, they’re gasping for air. As a critical care doctor, I might be the last stop. We can usually save the patient, but not always. It’s a tragedy when a person dies from asthma,” said Dr. Truwit, as quoted in The Washington Post.
Jonathon D. Truwit, MD, MBA, is the E. Cato Drash Professor of Medicine, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at the University of Virginia Health System.