As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, the EPA under President Trump has been hard at work delivering for communities across the nation. This month alone, the EPA has made significant strides to improve water resources, enhance air quality, promote innovation, and more.
The EPA recently announced its final decision to retain the existing National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter set by the Obama-Biden Administration. In a letter to EPA Administrator Wheeler, led by Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Republican Leader John Shimkus (R-IL), E&C Republicans and other members of the House Republican Conference supported this move, saying these standards “will allow air quality improvements to continue without causing local communities across the country to suffer unnecessary jobs loss and further erosion of tax revenue.” Learn more, here.
The EPA also continued its efforts to seek information and scientific data on the beneficial use of coal combustion residuals, commonly known as coal ash. Coal ash is critical in the manufacturing of new products such as wallboard, concrete, and other construction materials. The EPA’s efforts will also identify federal, state, and local programs related to the beneficial use of coal ash.
Additionally, the EPA is working to support our next generation of environmental leaders. This month, for example, the EPA partnered with the Girl Scouts of the USA to host two virtual events. Through these events, girl scouts were able to talk with and ask questions of EPA scientists, learn more about what they do each day, and explore career opportunities in STEM.
Earlier this month, the EPA launched the Clearinghouse for Environmental Finance, an online database containing technical and financial resources for air, water, and land issues. This important new tool will help communities undertake activities to improve environmental conditions in their communities holistically by making readily available resources on funding, financing and education.
The EPA under President Trump has worked tirelessly over the past four years to streamline processes and remove red tape while promoting environmental quality, encouraging innovation, and supporting local communities, with many exciting accomplishments these last couple weeks alone.