The Trump EPA is proposing to punch a loophole in the Clean Air Act that would allow thousands of major polluters across the country to turn down, turn off, or disconnect their pollution controls and double, triple, or even quadruple their toxic emissions.
This loophole would eliminate a 23-year EPA policy called “Once In, Always In” that prevents major polluters from backsliding after they’ve taken steps to control their toxic emissions. If this loophole is repealed, it would allow chemical plants, refineries, paper mills, and other major polluters to shed their control obligations, turn down or turn off their control devices, and let the uncontrolled pollution pour out. Why? So these industries can save money.
More toxic pollution in the air means being at risk of breathing in contaminants such as lead and benzene that are linked to cancer, birth defects, and neurological problems. This move to roll back protections that clean up our air will especially harm communities living near industrial facilities.
The Environmental Protection Agency is currently taking comments on this misguided proposal, and it’s critical that we show public opposition.
Will you send a quick email today asking the EPA to withdraw this repeal?