hazardous air pollutants


1973 EPA photo of a smokestack of the DuPont chemical plant on the Houston Ship Channel.

EPA Eliminates Vital Protection to Keep Air Clean of Toxics, Threatening Our Health

, Climate Scientist

For decades, the Clean Air Act has protected us from the dangerous health effects of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). Thanks to strong federal rules that protect us from 187 toxic air pollutants, the EPA estimates that we have avoided emitting 1.5 million tons of these pollutants every year since 1990. But the EPA, recently—and quietly—eliminated these protections. Read more >

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