FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2018
NURSES OPPOSE EPA ADMINISTRATOR PRUITT’S ATTACK ON HEALTH PROTECTIVE CLEAN CAR STANDARDS
(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt ignored sound science and public health to undermine America’s clean cars standards, deeming them “inappropriate” a year after EPA found them to be effective in reducing hazardous air pollutants and feasible for the auto industry to achieve. In response, the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE), released the following statement:
“Administrator Pruitt’s decision to roll back health protective clean car standards will allow automakers to make dirtier cars that pollute our air, harm our health, and worsen climate change in addition to costing American families more money at the pump. Emissions from cars fill our air with pollutants that trigger asthma attacks along with other negative effects on public health. With 24 million Americans suffering from asthma, now is not the time to be rolling back vital clean car standards.”
The Obama administration approved the latest clean car standards in 2012, with the support of automakers. In January 2017, the EPA concluded that these standards are working, achievable, and should not be rolled back. Yet, without any change in the facts, Pruitt is reversing that decision, ignoring the thousands of pages of research and analysis that support keeping the standards in place.
The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments is the only national nursing organization focused solely on the intersection of health and the environment. The mission of the Alliance is to promote healthy people and healthy environments by educating and leading the nursing profession, advancing research, incorporating evidence-based practice, and influencing policy.