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Pruitt threatening to eliminate clean air rule

Published: July 19, 2017 12:00 AM

Editor,

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is threatening to eliminate an important clean air protection rule. The rule, which requires oil and gas drillers to use existing technology to reduce the leakage of methane and other harmful pollutants into the air, is well aligned with the EPA's mission to protect human health.

Leaking methane is wasteful and is a major contributor to climate change. Other air contaminants that leak with the methane from oil and gas production are harmful to human health. EPA administrator Pruitt has a history of defending the fossil fuel industry, having sued the agency a dozen times prior to his appointment as administrator. Now he is using his position to provide favors to the industry by putting the brakes on an environment saving rule.

The EPA has a responsibility to protect our environment and health.

That is why I'm sending a message to the EPA today to ask them to keep this important rule in place. The agency is taking comments now through August 9, 2017. You may email your comments to a-and-r-Docket@epa.gov. Include Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2010-0505 in the subject line of the message.

John M. Morgan,

Beallsville, Ohio


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