02 Sep '11, 5pm

News: Obama Administration Undermines EPA Efforts on Smog Protections

News: Obama Administration Undermines EPA Efforts on Smog Protections

Today, the Obama administration directed the EPA to drop strong protections against smog pollution, leaving in place weak Bush-era smog standards that will leave thousands of American lives at risk. The following is a statement from Martin Hayden, Earthjustice vice president of policy and legislation: Ground-level ozone is the main component of smog. Ozone is linked to increased asthma attacks, lung damage and breathing problems. (EPA) “The Obama administration knows the heavy cost of smog pollution but has made the terrible decision to leave outdated, weak standards in place, leaving thousands of Americans who suffer from lung and breathing problems at the mercy of this dirty air. “The EPA’s own science advisers have recommended strengthening the standards but even their voices are muted by corporate polluters and their allies. The EPA estimates that cleaning up smog poll...

Full article: http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2011/obama-administrat...

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