Statement on EPA’s New Standards to Reduce Methane Emissions



On May 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released standards to reduce emissions of methane for new and modified oil and gas sources. With an estimated 24 million people living with asthma, Allergy & Asthma Network believes these requirements are an important step in the reduction of particle and ozone pollution which cause asthma attacks, recurring hospital admissions and even death.

As advocates for those living with asthma and other respiratory conditions, the Network also urges EPA to continue to take steps to limit emissions from existing oil and gas operations to protect public health overall.

“Regulating methane gas emissions is vital to make air easier to breathe for everyone, especially those suffering from asthma or other respiratory conditions,” says Tonya Winders, President and CEO of the Network.

Read comments submitted to EPA by Allergy & Asthma Network and other stakeholder groups.