In response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed reconsideration of the New Source Performance Standards that curb emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds from additional 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:
“From wildfires to severe storms, millions of Americans are threatened by climate change. The American public needs meaningful action on climate change now — not a weakening of standards for methane, one of the biggest contributors to the threat. Today’s proposal is yet another dangerous step in the wrong direction.
“Rolling back sensible safeguards to reduce methane pollution would also mean significant increases of volatile organic compounds, particulate matter and hazardous air pollutants linked to birth defects, asthma attacks, cancer and premature death. This is unacceptable. Without question, this rollback will result in harm to the health of Americans. We will strongly oppose this unsound and illogical rollback in order to safeguard public health.”
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 education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org. To support the work of the American Lung Association, find a local event at Lung.org/events.