February 7, 2024
Historic Environmental Protections are Up Against the Deadline
The Biden administration has a critical window of opportunity to solidify the historic environmental progress it has made so far, and to set a lasting impact on our health and environment.
On top of securing the largest climate spending package ever, the Biden administration has made big strides in public health and environmental protection through executive agency rulemakings. These include:
- Strengthening protections from fine particulate matter (also known as soot or PM2.5);
- Implementing stronger standards on methane pollution in the oil and gas industry;
- Enhancing regulations to minimize deadly smog and soot emissions from new heavy-duty trucks; and
- Safeguarding nine million acres of roadless areas in Alaska's Tongass National Forest from logging and road-building activities.
Building on this historic progress, the Biden administration must urgently finalize specific proposed environmental rules and health safeguards to hold industrial polluters accountable, dramatically improve air and water quality, safeguard public health, accelerate the transition to clean energy, and combat the escalating climate crisis.
Environmental Protection Agency
Department of the Interior