EPA Administrator Says Air is Cleaner Than in 1970

The Rich Zeoli Show
July 09, 2019 - 10:22 am

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PHILADELPHIA (1210 WPHT)- The current state of the environment is a breath of fresh air.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler addressed concerns about the quality of the air and water in an interview with The Rich Zeoli Show.

“I just want to make sure that the American public understands that the air is cleaner today than it was in 1970,” said Wheeler. “Our air quality is 74 percent cleaner. Our drinking water is safer, cleaner than ever.”

According to Wheeler, coal plants have also improved over the years.

“Today’s coal plant is not like the coal plant of the 1970s,” said Wheeler. “Coal plants are 90 to 98 percent cleaner than they were in the 1970s.”

Wheeler insinuated the media takes liberties when reporting on the environment.

“Most of the media does not report that,” explained Wheeler. “They gloss over it and try to make things sound...much worse today than it was in the past.”

 “We’ve all made a lot of progress over the last 50 years,” said Wheeler.

Listen to the full interview below.