EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson visited the University of Minnesota on Tuesday for a conversation with Professor Deborah Swackhamer with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.The discussion highlighted the EPA’s new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards that will limit mercury and other toxic air pollution from coal plants and how these public health protections will save lives and create jobs. Unfortunately, Jackson said these new standards are already coming under attack, as the Congressional Majority is “hellbent” on pitting the environment vs. the economy, despite all the facts. Jackson said she spent much of her time last year dispelling myths about EPA rules and now is focusing on talking about the economic and health benefits of protecting our health and environment. Jackson also focused on the role of science and technology in the vital work of the EPA. As a scientist herself, Jackson has vowed that EPA’s efforts will use the best science as “the backbone for EPA programs.”
Sierra Club and partner organizations came out to show their support for the EPA’s new public health protections!