Biden-Backed EPA Rule Requires 200 US Chemical Plants to Cut Cancer-Causing Emissions

By Thea Felicity

Apr 09, 2024 11:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 20: U.S. President Joe Biden participates in a virtual meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) on Energy and Climate in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus April 20, 2023 in Washington, DC. Countries that make up the MEF are responsible for roughly 80 percent of both global gross domestic product (GDP) and greenhouse gas emissions.
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new rule mandates over 200 chemical plants nationwide to reduce toxic emissions that could cause cancer. According to AP News, this rule, backed by President Joe Biden, aims to prioritize environmental justice by protecting communities from harmful industrial pollution. 

Among the targeted areas are predominantly Black neighborhoods near New Orleans, where emissions from facilities like the Denka Performance Elastomer plant in LaPlace, Louisiana, have been an ongoing concern. 

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EPA's New Rule for Chemical Emissions

The EPA states that the rule will notably decrease emissions of hazardous chemicals like chloroprene, improving air quality and reducing health risks for nearby communities. 

The Biden-backed rule, which complements a previous one addressing ethylene oxide emissions, will apply to various facilities in states like Texas, Louisiana, and West Virginia.

Representative Troy Carter views this regulation as a turning point for public health and environmental protection. He cited the importance of proper oversight and adherence to regulations by chemical plants. 

Despite opposition from companies like Denka, which argue against the EPA's action, the agency stands firm in its commitment to environmental justice and protecting communities disproportionately affected by pollution. 

The EPA defends that although the primary goal of the rule is to decrease harmful emissions from chemical plants, it also has a larger purpose of addressing environmental injustice and protecting communities that have historically faced disproportionate ecological damage. 

Environmental advocates see this rule as important progress toward cleaner air and safer living environments, but more actions are necessary to ensure strong environmental protections for everyone, especially marginalized communities.

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