To the Editor:
Clean air is too much to ask!
Another assault on our environment is being planned by the current Republican administration that is going unnoticed.
The EPA is withdrawing a decades-old policy that targeted “major sources” of hazardous pollution like mercury and lead. The policy originally was part of the Clean Air Act and meant that if a facility once qualified as a major source of pollution, it would always have to comply with regulations that apply to major polluters.
Even if it cleaned up its act after being caught, the EPA is doing this to reduce the “regulatory burden for industries and states.”
Apparently, it is too much of a “burden” to see that we, as citizens, have clean air to breathe.
To some, this may seem like a good idea, assuming the industries cleaned up their act and now can be trusted to maintain air quality. To others, myself included, I cannot “trust” that our air quality will not fall victim to profits and the bottom line of said industries.
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, “This is among the most dangerous actions that the Trump EPA has taken yet against public health. Rolling back longstanding protections to allow the greatest increase in hazardous air pollutants in our nation’s history is unconscionable.”
This is yet another example of the Trump administration catering to big business at the expense of the citizens of this country. So much for draining the swamp!