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Health and consumer advocates call on Congress to act on gas stoves

114 health and consumer safety organizations issued a letter to members of Congress asking them to take action on gas stove pollution.

Cooking with gas relies on combusting methane. Even doing so for a short time can lead to unhealthy levels of gases such as nitrogen dioxide (NO2) inside your home that far exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) safety standards for outdoor pollution. Breathing NO2 is dangerous for everyone, but especially children. An analysis found that children living in homes with gas cooking had a 42% higher chance of experiencing current asthma symptoms and a 24% higher chance over their lifetime of being diagnosed with asthma.

Led by PIRG, 114 health and consumer advocates sent a letter to members congress this week calling on them to take action to protect American families from gas stove pollution. Read the letter here.

Matt Casale

Former Director, Environment Campaigns, PIRG

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