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Women’s Faith Group Condemns Rollback of EPA Rules on Pollution

Women’s Faith Group Condemns Rollback of EPA Rules on Pollution

September 10, 2019, NEW YORK – The largest denominational women’s organization, United Methodist Women, today sharply questioned proposals to eliminate EPA’s methane rules, the first line of defense in keeping communities healthy. In questioning the decision to ease methane rule requirements, the organization noted the adverse health impact of pollution:

“Prolonged exposure to air pollution can cause heart disease, lung cancer, emphysema, damage to the nervous system and damage to key organs,” said Elizabeth Lee, executive for economic and environmental justice. “From years of research, we know that there is a direct connection between methane and air pollution. Eliminating the safeguards that ensure our loved ones can breathe clean air is counterproductive if not deadly.”

“Proposals to roll back EPA methane rules preempts federal oversight and enables  many of the nation’s hundreds of thousands of oil and gas facilities to continue emitting toxins that harm our children, our families and our communities,” said Harriett Jane Olson, general secretary and CEO of United Methodist Women. “Let’s keep this in context; the EPA’s methane rules are common-sense protections that limit environmental toxins and preserve our health. The oil and gas industry is one of the leading contributors to air pollution. It is mind-boggling that we would then reward serial polluters with less oversight and less accountability. Ensuring strong federal standards is not only the right thing to do, it is the only thing to do.

“There is a tendency to think that personal responsibility starts and stops with our families,” Olson said. “This is wrong; each of us has a role to play in protecting our communities, safeguarding the environment and being good stewards over all that has been entrusted to us.”

Posted or updated: 9/11/2019 12:00:00 AM

United Methodist Women Communications

Yvette Moore
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