Press Release

NRDC: EPA to Allow Greatest Rise of Hazardous Air Pollutants in U.S. History

Jake Thompson
202-289-2387, jthompson@nrdc.org
Elizabeth Heyd
202-289-2424, eheyd@nrdc.org

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency today announced it will allow hundreds of U.S. industrial facilities to dramatically increase their emissions of the most toxic air pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act.

The following is a statement from John Walke, clean air director at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

“This is among the most dangerous actions that the Trump EPA has taken yet against public health. Rolling back longstanding protections to allow the greatest increase in hazardous air pollutants in our nation’s history is unconscionable.

“This move drastically weakens protective limits on air pollutants like arsenic, lead, mercury and other toxins that cause cancer, brain damage, infertility, developmental problems and even death. And those harmed most would be nearby communities already suffering a legacy of pollution. NRDC will fight this terrible decision to unleash toxic pollutants with every available tool.”

The EPA’s move today is here: https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/reclassification-major-sources-area-sources-under-section-112-clean

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