Lung Association Applauds EPA Final Rule to Clean Up Iron and Steel Facilities

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized stronger measures to reduce toxic air pollution from iron and steel mills. In response, the American Lung Association’s President and CEO Harold Wimmer issued the following statement: 

“EPA’s final rule is a step forward for health. The rule to further limit hazardous air pollution from iron and steel mills will help reduce devastating health harms, including lung cancer. Iron and steel mills emit an enormous quantity and array of extremely harmful pollutants, including arsenic, lead and mercury. What’s more, as hazardous air pollutants are cleaned up under this rule, reductions in particle pollution will happen at the same time.  

“While pollution from iron and steel facilities is dangerous for everyone to breathe, some groups face even more risk. Infants and children are especially sensitive, as exposure to mercury and lead can impact cognitive and behavioral development for the rest of their lives. Additionally, this is an environmental justice issue because communities of color and low-income communities are disproportionately exposed to pollution sources such as iron and steel facilities.  

“This final rule to curb pollution from iron and steel facilities is a step forward for public health, but there is much more work to do to clean up the air. We call on President Biden and EPA to continue its work finalizing clean air and climate protections, including measures to clean up trucks, cars and power plants. The Lung Association, health experts and people nationwide agree: Don’t Delay, Clean Air Today!" 

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Jill Dale
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