Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Releases Statement after Reviewing the American Lung Association 2018 "State of the Air" Report
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson released the following after reviewing the American Lung Association’s 2018 “State of the Air” report:
“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a duty to protect the public health of all Americans. It is disturbing to review this report compiled by the American Lung Association that makes clear the detrimental impact of air pollution on our population,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “Recently, President Trump issued an executive order that softens the requirements for businesses to comply with air quality standards and limits the EPA’s role in holding states accountable for failure to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. It is inhumane to disregard the health of millions of people. And, this action hurts people of color the most because they are far more likely to be exposed to poor air quality environments.
“I cannot stand by and watch as EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and President Trump attack scientific research and ignore public health concerns. They have chosen to disregard peer reviewed, independent science in order to promote their deregulatory agenda. They are putting the wishes of polluting industries before the health of the American people. I have taken action in my district by requesting a clean monitor for Joppa from the EPA, as the neighborhood contains cement batching plants that spew dust and other chemicals into the air. I will also continue to defend the Clean Air Act. It must remain in place and be fully enforced to protect all Americans from the dangers of air pollution.”
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