California Air Resources Board Chair Mary D. Nichols today released the following statement on President Trump's Executive Order issued yesterday to review the National Ambient Air Quality Standards:
“This order caves to a minority of industries who claim Clean Air Act standards are too strict, too costly and too burdensome,” said the CARB chair. “The truth is a large body of research shows the Clean Air Act dramatically improves public health, especially among our most vulnerable populations. The consequences of inaction are irresponsible -- unhealthy people, shortened lives, and greater demands on our health care system.”
CARB is the lead agency in California for cleaning up the air and fighting climate change to attain and maintain health-based air quality standards. Its mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through the effective reduction of air and climate pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy.