The United States Environmental Protection Agency is taking action to tackle “bamboo emissions from the United States” to combat the environmental impact of the plastic pollution, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday.
The US government has been working with countries to reduce plastic pollution for decades, but the Trump administration said it was “now clear” that the plastic is harmful and the U.S. must take action.
“We are taking action today to help stop the spread of these toxic chemicals in the United United States,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said at a White House press conference.
The announcement came two days after Trump announced plans to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, a move that could lead to an even more severe environmental impact than the Paris agreement.
The U.N. environment agency warned last week that the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw the U,S.
from the global climate deal could “threaten the world’s food security, global climate, and health security.”
“Bamboo is not a plant,” Pruitt said, “it is an industrial waste product and, therefore, we cannot use it as a fertilizer.”
decision will likely put further pressure on the U.,S.,which is already struggling to deal with the effects of a severe drought and rising sea levels that are contributing to flooding and loss of land and resources.
Trump also took aim at the Environmental Protection Office, saying the EPA is “a top-down, centralized bureaucracy, that does not function like a local government, and that has a very different approach to environmental issues than a local, local, regional, or national government.”
The US has spent more than $100 billion to combat plastic pollution in recent years, but experts say the problem is growing and that more is needed.
Pruitt said the US is working with international partners to improve the way it treats plastic pollution.