The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a two year delay on vital air pollution safeguards that protect our kids from dangerous methane and toxic, carcinogenic air pollutants. This reckless decision puts our kids in danger, and EPA knows it—the agency even admitted it. The official notice from the EPA about the delay says: "EPA believes that the environmental health or safety risk addressed by this action may have a disproportionate effect on children."
This is unacceptable to moms and dads everywhere—there is no amount of time that it's okay for our kids to be exposed to air pollution from the oil and gas industry. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision to side with polluters instead of protecting the health of our children is unacceptable.
The deadline for comments on this proposal is August 9th, so we only have days left to speak out. Make your voice heard by submitting a comment and tell Scott Pruitt: It's your job to protect the health of our children, not polluters.
Dear Administrator Pruitt,
I am writing today in strong opposition to your proposal to suspend vital air pollution safeguards that will reduce harmful methane, smog-forming volatile organic compounds, and toxic air pollutants like benzene from new and modified sources in the oil and natural gas sector.
As a parent and a member of Moms Clean Air Force, I am concerned about how pollution from the oil and gas industry affects children's health. Methane leaks make smog worse, contribute to global climate change, and waste money. And where methane is leaking, so are carcinogenic compounds like benzene and other VOCs. I don’t want those in the air our kids breathe.
The health-protective methane standards were developed through extensive public input and years of agency deliberation. There is no basis for EPA to suspend these safeguards. We need the EPA to fulfill its mission to “protect human health and the environment” by not letting corporate polluters play fast and loose with our children's health.
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Please reconsider this dangerous proposal, and ensure these crucial pollution safeguards remain in place.