Maine is often called the “tailpipe of the nation.” Air pollution from around the country moves northeast and creates diriter air in Maine. This pollution increases health problems for Mainers, such as asthma, respiratory trouble and more unhealthy kids.

The Clean Car standards have worked to alleviate the air pollution in Maine and around the country. In just over five years, these standards have saved Mainers more than $190 million, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. They have also helped to improve the air quality in Maine and reduced negative health impacts from dirty air.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is working to dismantle the Clean Car standards. Mainers need protections like these to ensure that we live in a clean and safe environment. We urge Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King to protect the Clean Car standards and keep Maine’s air healthy.

Jacqueline Guyol