FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 29, 2018
Contact: Amanda Aguirre, firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-814-4627
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In advance of EPA Administrators Scott Pruitt's testimony to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Mark Magaña, President & CEO of GreenLatinos released the following statement:
“In EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s first year in office, he has already unleashed the most egregious attacks on public health. The Environmental Protection Agency priority should be to safeguard the health of our most vulnerable communities, shielding them from harmful toxic chemicals, polluted air and dirty water. Instead, under Scott Pruitt's leadership EPA has played an active roll in rolling back the public health protections and programs that are critical to so many.
Over 1.8 million Latinos in the United States live within a half mile of an oil and gas facility, which emit smog-forming and other harmful pollution. An analysis found that this pollution is responsible for 153,000 asthma attacks in Latino children every year. We call on Scott Pruitt to stop protecting corporate polluters, and put public health first our communities can’t afford to wait.”
GreenLatinos is a national non-profit organization that convenes a broad coalition of Latino leaders committed to addressing national, regional and local environmental, natural resources and conservation issues that significantly affect the health and welfare of the Latino community in the United States. GreenLatinos provides an inclusive table at which its members establish collaborative partnerships and networks to improve the environment; protect and promote conservation of land and other natural resources; amplify the voices of minority, low-income and tribal communities; and train, mentor, and promote the current and future generations of Latino environmental leaders for the benefit of the Latino community and beyond. GreenLatinos develops and advocates for policies and programs to advance this mission. For more information, visit www.greenlatinos.org.