LCV Statement on Trump EPA’s Decision Not to Strengthen Ozone Standard

Contact: Emily Samsel, emily_samsel@lcv.org, 828-713-9647

Washington, D.C. — In anticipation of Trump EPA Administrator Wheeler’s expected announcement that he will not strengthen the current national air quality standard for ground-level ozone, or smog, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) issued the following statement from Legislative Director Matthew Davis:

“In the midst of the worsening respiratory public health crisis with tens of thousands of people being sickened daily by the coronavirus, the Trump administration is yet again doing nothing to make it easier to breathe. By not strengthening the ozone standards, the Trump administration is perpetuating environmental racism for communities of color and putting children’s developing lungs at risk. The science is clear that smog damages lungs and makes it harder to breathe — Trump’s EPA should be making it a priority to eliminate the racial disparities in exposure to air pollution through this and other regulations.”

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