The EPA deletes mentions of how its weakened greenhouse gas rule will impact children's health (and, ahem, overall future)

Children’s health in America has had a rough few weeks. First, the Trump administration rolled back mercury pollution limits that disproportionately affect kids and fetuses. Soon after, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency placed the head of its Office of Children’s Health Protection on administrative leave without explanation and, adding insult to injury, shortened its children’s health month to a single day. Now, new documents are showing that the EPA has dropped language describing the impacts of climate change on children’s health from its proposal to weaken restrictions on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Thanks to a 2016 rule, the country was already working toward phasing out these powerful ozone destroyers, which are commonly used in refrigerators and air conditioners, alas, Trump’s EPA announced it would reverse the rule in September. The EPA's original language on climate change is now conspicuously missing so we will repeat it here: “Impacts to children are expected from heat waves, air pollution, infectious and waterborne illnesses, and mental health effects resulting from extreme weather events.” By hastening global warming, HFC refrigerants will make all of these worse.

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