Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) today praised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their final pollution control standards for America's industrial boilers used in major manufacturing facilities and elsewhere. The new standards will reduce many types of pollution, including toxic mercury and weather-changing carbon pollution.
Below is the statement of Rep. Markey, the Ranking Member of the Natural Resources Committee and a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee:
"Cutting mercury pollution from these industrial facilities will protect our children and cutting carbon pollution from these boilers will help heal the climate. From cars and trucks to power plants and now industrial boilers, the Obama administration is showing it is committed to cutting pollution.
"Republicans in Congress tried to block these pollution standards, and they failed. In this next Congress, Congressional Republicans should move to a real Plan B on pollution, where they support stronger standards for new power plants and other sources that are damaging our children's lungs and causing more extreme weather."