Walz calls on Trump Administration to enforce Clean Air Act, remove deadly gasoline aromatics

Source: By DL-Online • Posted: Sunday, December 1, 2019

Walz, chair of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, was joined by Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem in joint letter to Trump

This amendment has yet to be enforced, despite the development of a variety of cost-effective substitutes including high-octane biofuels, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

“President Trump should order EPA to obey Congress’s long-neglected directive to reduce the toxic compounds in gasoline,” the governors said.

“By replacing aromatics with cleaner alternatives, the nation will be on the right path to cleaner-burning, less costly fuel. Any other approach is the wrong policy for America.”

The primary benefits of eliminating gasoline aromatics are reducing pollution and increasing health outcomes. Aromatics are the primary source of carcinogenic air toxins like benzene, as well as fine and ultrafine particulates, which have been shown to be major contributors to asthma and other respiratory, cardiovascular, and brain diseases, as well as many cancers. This is an especially persistent risk for Americans living near congested roadways and those who use cars to commute, for whom these particulates are unavoidable.

The governors said that “there is an available replacement, and it’s time for the Trump Administration to follow the law and give Americans less toxic gasoline and the benefit of sustained, lower gasoline prices by replacing aromatics with biofuels.”

“We look forward to working with (President Trump) to help Americans achieve healthier and more economically secure lives, while further reducing the nation’s use of deadly aromatics in gasoline and replacing them with renewable biofuels,” Walz and Noem concluded.