In a Thursday Washington Times op-ed, former EPA Administrators William Ruckelshaus and Christine Todd Whitman--who both served under Republican presidents--criticized current efforts by Republican leadership to prevent the EPA from protecting public health.
In the opinion piece, Ruckelshaus and Whitman asserted:
"Amid the virulent attacks on the EPA driven by concern about overregulation, it is easy to forget how far we have come in the past 40 years. We should take heart from all this progress and not, as some in Congress have suggested, seek to tear down the agency that the president and Congress created to protect America's health and environment.
It has taken four decades to put in place the infrastructure to ensure that pollution is controlled through limitations on corporate, municipal and individual conduct. Dismantle that infrastructure today, and a new one would have to be created tomorrow at great expense and at great sacrifice to America's public health and environment.The American public will not long stand for an end to regulations that have protected their health and quality of life."
The op-ed comes as the House and Senate prepare to vote on anti-EPA legislation designed to curb the agency's ability to safeguard public health against carbon pollution.