Allow me to bring this to your attention. Some months ago the Environmental Protection Agency in the USA ended a Clean Air Policy. This policy was being opposed by fossil fuel interests. The article below shows that the powers that be do not really care about our livelihood and our health. The leadership is making moves that are outside our control that is why we are distributing Xtreme Fuel Treatment. This product puts some of the issues to do with pollution within our power as it limits vehicle and other engine emissions by up to 33%. The article below really supports the case we made for Xtreme Fuel Treatment in the write-up 3 Reasons For You To Use Xtreme Fuel Treatment
Now on to the report.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced in January this year that it is doing away with an air emissions policy. Fossil fuel companies opposed this policy. Removing this policy will result in more pollution.
The Environmental Protection Agency said it was withdrawing the “once-in always-in” policy under the Clean Air Act. This act dictated how major sources of hazardous air pollutants are regulated. Under the Environmental Protection Agency’s new interpretation, such “major sources” such as coal-fired power plants can have their classification changed.
Formal notice of the reversal is not yet in the file. Environmental Protection Agency said the policy it has followed since 1995 relied on an incorrect interpretation of the landmark anti-pollution law.
“The guidance has its roots on a misunderstanding of the statute that is in line with Environmental Protection Agency’s guidance for other provisions of the Clean Air Act,” said Bill Wehrum. He is the assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.
Before his confirmation by the GOP-dominated Senate in November, Wehrum was a lawyer representing fossil fuel and chemical companies. The American Petroleum Institute was among the industry groups that had called for the removal of the longstanding policy.
The Clean Air Act defines a “major source” as a one that has the potential to emit 10 tons or more per year of any hazardous air pollutant. It also provides for 25 tons per year of any combination of hazardous air pollutants. For more than 20 years, EPA’s “once-in always-in” required significant sources to remain subject to stricter control standards.
Republicans quickly cheered the move by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Especially those from states that produce oil, gas, and coal.
Environmentalists predicted the change would drastically weaken limits on toxic heavy metals emitted from power-plant smokestacks.
“This is among the most dangerous actions that the Trump EPA has taken yet against public health,” said John Walke. John is the director for clean air issues at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “Rolling back longstanding protections to allow the highest increase in hazardous air pollutants in the USA’s history.
John Coequyt, who leads climate policy initiatives for the Sierra Club, said the move would lead directly to dirtier air and more deaths.
“Trump and Pruitt are essentially creating a massive loophole that will result in huge amounts of toxic mercury, arsenic, and lead being poured into the air we breathe. This change is a threat to anyone who breathes and a benefit only to dangerous corporate polluters,” Coequyt said.
Most of us might not notice this, but such moves are endangering our future. We should do all that we can to reduce air pollution in our way. Below are some of the things you can do to reduce air pollution around you. They will not address issues at the industry level. However, they will help reduce pollution overall.
Ways in which you can reduce pollution around you
- Conserve energy – remember to turn off lights, computers, and electric appliances when not in use.
- Use energy efficient light bulbs and appliances.
- Participate in your local utility’s energy conservation programs.
- Limit driving by carpooling, using public transportation, biking and walking.
- Combine errands for fewer trips.
- Keep your automobile well tuned and maintained. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on routine maintenance, such as changing the oil and filters, and checking tire pressure and wheel alignment.
- Avoid excessive idling of your automobile.
- Use electric or hand-powered lawn care equipment.
- Be careful not to spill gasoline when filling up your car or gasoline-powered lawn and garden equipment.
- Run dishwashers and clothes washers only when full.
- Choose environmentally friendly cleaners.
- Use water-based or solvent-free paints whenever possible and buy products that say “low VOC.”
- Seal containers of household cleaners, workshop chemicals, and solvents, and garden chemicals to prevent volatile organic compounds from evaporating into the air.
- Purchase and use low-polluting outboard marine engines and personal watercraft (4-stroke and direct fuel injection 2-stroke outboard marine motors).
- Advocate for emission reductions from power plants and more stringent national vehicle emission standards.
Do what you can on this list. Let’s preserve the earth.