White House Sides with Polluters in Delaying Smog Protections

NRDC: Public Officials Must Do Their Jobs, Protect Children, Elderly

WASHINGTON (September 2, 2011) – In response to today’s White House announcement that the ozone standard will be delayed, NRDC President Frances Beinecke issued the following statement:

“The White House is siding with corporate polluters over the American people. The Clean Air Act clearly requires the Environmental Protection Agency to set protective standards against smog--based on science and the law. The White House now has polluted that process with politics.

“Our public officials, including in the White House, serve to protect us from harm. They need to get on with doing their jobs. Inaction cannot be an option when it comes to ensuring a healthy and prosperous America.”