Rep. Garcia’s Statement on EPA’s Decision on Air Quality Standards

April 16, 2020
Press Release

Chicago, IL - Representative Jesús G. "Chuy" García (IL-04) issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s announcement that it will not strengthen the national air quality standards for fine particulate matter, also known as soot.

“The health of our families is connected to the environment. As an original co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, I have long worked to change the environmental and economic policies that harm Latino, Black, poor, and immigrant communities. The science on air quality is clear: fine particle pollution, known as soot, is one of our country’s most widespread, deadly pollutants. Soot and other particle pollution disproportionately affect Black, Latino and low-income communities--and worsen health conditions like asthma and heart disease. In my community, a company and a contractor negligently placed the health of my neighbors at risk when they demolished the Crawford smokestack. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, the American Lung Association found that particle pollution can cause early deaths and increased visits to the emergency room. In the midst of a pandemic that particularly threatens those with respiratory diseases, the decision by Trump’s EPA leader to roll back air pollution rules is inhumane and cruel.”