President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be required to set limits on the levels of toxic chemicals used in the construction and maintenance of gas plants, which can release deadly levels of the gases into the air.
The decision by the EPA comes amid a spate of deadly gas plant explosions and explosions in the United States.
“This is a time of reckoning for our nation,” Obama said in a statement.
“The stakes are high, and the stakes are too high.
It’s time for us to move quickly and decisively to get the job done.”
The move comes amid an outbreak of severe air quality problems at two U.S. gas plants that have been linked to the deadly explosions that occurred on Aug. 6.
Obama and the EPA said the rule would require the agency to set specific limits for the toxic chemicals to which the plants must adhere, and to identify a “safety threshold” at which plants can safely continue operating without any risk of harm.
In addition to setting limits on toxic chemicals, the new rules would require a public-private partnership to build new gas plants with a lower amount of the toxic gases.
While it’s not clear whether the rules will be enough to address the crisis, they would have the effect of keeping the nation from burning up gas supplies in the years ahead, according to a White House statement.
Trump said during a speech earlier in the day that the new standards are a step in the right direction.
But he continued to warn that the EPA must not be allowed to impose unnecessary limits on Americans’ freedom to breathe.
After the first blast at the Valero plant, the president said, he asked his secretary of the Interior to look into “what could be done to stop it.”
“He called me, and he said, ‘There’s a lot of work to be done,’ ” Trump said.
Earlier this month, the EPA imposed new regulations on gas plants in Texas, Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania that would ban gas production and delivery equipment from the facilities that are likely to be affected by the deadly explosion. “
The administration did not respond to a request for comment from POLITICO.
Earlier this month, the EPA imposed new regulations on gas plants in Texas, Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania that would ban gas production and delivery equipment from the facilities that are likely to be affected by the deadly explosion.
These rules are expected to be challenged in court by the gas industry.
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