American Lung Association Strongly Opposes EPA’s Rollback of Methane Pollution Standards
Proposed rule would result in increase of hazardous pollutants, harming Americans’ health
(August 29, 2019) - Washington, D.C.
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In response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to roll back the New Source Performance Standards that curb emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds from new, modified and reconstructed sources in the oil and gas industry, American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer issued the following statement:
“We are deeply disappointed in EPA’s latest proposal to weaken current limits on methane and other dangerous pollution from the oil and gas industry. This move would be a step backwards, allowing more greenhouse gas emissions during a time when we have a critically short window to act on climate change.
“Earlier this year, the American Lung Association joined more than 70 health and medical organizations in urging leaders to immediately take steps to limit air pollution that contributes to climate change and build climate resilience. With today’s proposal, EPA again disregards the health emergency that climate change is creating.
“EPA’s proposal would not only increase methane pollution, it would also increase emissions of volatile organic compounds, particulate matter and hazardous air pollutants that are linked to birth defects, asthma attacks, cancer and premature death. While this would have dangerous impacts on the health of all Americans, millions of people are more vulnerable to these pollutants, including children, older adults and those living with chronic diseases like asthma.
“To protect the lung health of Americans from the worst impacts of climate change, it is imperative that EPA reduce methane from the oil and gas industry. We strongly oppose today’s proposal to roll back sensible standards that protect Americans’ health from climate change and safeguard the air we all breathe. EPA should withdraw the proposal immediately.”
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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