Ten AGs Sent Comments on EPA’s Proposed Updates to Hazardous Air Pollutant Regulations Under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act

California Attorney General Rob Bonta led a coalition of 10 attorneys general in sending comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to change how sources of hazardous air pollutants are classified, and thus regulated, under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act. The AGs supported EPA’s proposal, which would restore protections that had been weakened during the Trump administration. The coalition explained that the proposed updates would “preserve the public and EPA’s ability to enforce the Clean Air Act” and “provide the necessary oversight to prevent increases in emissions” of hazardous air pollutants. Additionally, the AGs argued that stronger regulations would better protect underserved communities, who experienced the highest increase in health risks when the rule was weakened.