EPA Administrator on ‘Destroyed Ozone Layer’ – ‘We Are Fixing That’

January 30, 2014 - 4:25 PM

Gina McCarthy

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy spoke at a gathering of climate change advocates on Jan. 30, 2014 in Arlington, Va. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – Speaking at the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) conference on Thursday in Arlington, Va., Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said her agency is “fixing” the damaged ozone layer.

“From keeping our air clean and our water clean to combating climate change, science has always been and will always be at the heart of the mission of the United States Environmental Protection Agency,” McCarthy said.

“Just think: Science showed us beyond a doubt the deadly effects of a destroyed ozone layer,” McCarthy said. “We are fixing that.”

According to an April 26, 2007 report from the EPA, the banning of the chemicals thought to damage the ozone layer between the Earth and the sun were no longer being produced in the United States.

“Countries around the world are phasing out the production and use of chemicals that destroy ozone in the Earth's upper atmosphere,” the report stated. “The United States has already phased out production of those substances having the greatest potential to deplete the ozone layer.”

Actions to “fix” the ozone layer date back to 1989 with the creation of United Nations-backed Montreal Protocol, which called on countries to stop using the chemicals some scientists said were depleting it. The United States is one of the countries to sign on to the Protocol, which was amended in 1991, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2008, according to the U.N.

The NCSE conference described its mission in the program this way: “The 14th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment: Building Climate Solutions will engage some 1,000 key individuals from any fields of sciences and engineering, government and policy, business and civil society to advance solutions to minimize the causes and consequences of anthropogenic climate change.”