Save Lives By Enforcing Stricter Regulations on Soot Pollution

Target: Andrew Wheeler, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Save lives by reversing the decision to maintain lax regulations on soot.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided to maintain their current regulations on soot despite scientific research that shows tougher regulations could save lives. Soot is the nation’s most widespread deadly air pollutant. Public health experts and environmental justice organizations have long called for stricter limits, but these pleadings have fallen on the deaf ears of the EPA.

Evidence has linked air pollution to respiratory illness fatalities, including COVID-19. Concerns have also been raised that the relaxed air policy disproportionately affects minority and low-income communities. Scientists have suggested that even slightly more strict policies on soot could save between 9,000 and 34,000 American lives each year. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said that the decision to reject stricter soot regulations came “after careful review of the most rigorous scientific evidence.” Researcher Bridgette Murray said that “very little is being done to help those who are exposed to… pollution on a day-to-day basis.” Dominique Browning, co-founder and head of the Moms Clean Air Force, an advocacy group that pushes for robust air and climate oversight around the US, commented on the EPA’s decision, saying: “This flies in the face of good science and good public health. It is outrageous.”

Sign this petition to urge Wheeler to reverse the EPA’s decision to maintain lax soot regulations and commit to the health and safety of Americans by enforcing stricter air quality standards.


Dear Mr. Wheeler,

Science has shown that poor air quality can lead to respiratory illness and death. Soot is the most widespread air pollutant in the United States and, yet, the EPA just decided to uphold outdated and lax regulations on the pollutant. Studies have shown that with even slightly more strict regulations for air quality, thousands of American lives could be saved on a yearly basis. Additionally, it cannot be ignored that the issue of poor air does not equally affect all Americans. Minority and low-income communities bear the brunt of the deaths and health complications caused as a result of soot pollution.

The government cannot ignore this issue simply because it does not affect them. Industry cannot develop at the cost of human lives. I urge you to review the studies provided by EPA scientists and to reverse the decision to uphold dangerously relaxed soot regulations.


[Your Name Here]

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