Markey Statement on New Ozone Pollution Standard

Washington (October 1, 2015) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee and chair of the Senate Climate Change Clearinghouse, released the following statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its new ozone pollution standard.

“For decades the Clean Air Act has helped protect the health of Americans from smog-producing ozone. I am glad that today the EPA continued to move forward with that commitment to health protection, especially for those with respiratory and cardiac disease. But I am concerned that EPA’s proposal stops short of the levels science suggests are needed to fully protect the health of America’s most vulnerable. One of the strengths of the Clean Air Act is its flexibility in response to new science. I will continue to fight to protect the Clean Air Act from attacks by polluters who put profits above people.”