Washington (January 25, 2018) – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today acted to reverse long-standing guidance that classified major sources of air pollutants as continuous and indefinite, and in the process began the reversal of all progress that has been made reducing hazardous air pollutants like arsenic, mercury, lead, and dozens of other toxins that cause cancer, brain damage, infertility, and death.


Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement:


“The roll-back of the policy governing hazardous air pollutants could be the worst environmental sin yet from the Trump administration. Allowing industrial facilities to spew more toxic pollutants like arsenic, mercury and lead into the air is like pouring sewage into our neighborhoods and pumping poisons into our bodies. Trump’s EPA is determined to undermine everything we have built to protect the public health of our citizens, and Administrator Scott Pruitt is inarguably the corporate polluter poster boy.”