You call this protection??
The EPA continues to act as the Environmental Pollution Agency, announcing it will not enforce environmental laws during the coronavirus pandemic, nor strengthen air quality standards--despite research showing the link between air pollution and higher mortality rates.
As we endure a public health crisis, the EPA continues to exacerbate conditions by loosening auto emissions standards and allowing increased toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants.
The intent to maintain current ambient air quality standards is in opposition to the agency’s own scientists. Research shows inhaling a high level of particulates damages the lungs and heart--increasing deaths from respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19.
The EPA must restore previous auto emission limits, increase restrictions on the release of harmful particulates, and start paying attention to science when it comes to public health.
Letter sent by several senators