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House Blocks EPA Air Pollution Safeguards

14 Oct 2011  |   Damien Shirley

Tags: Clean Air, Congress, House

By a vote of 275 to 142, the House voted last night to approve a bill blocking EPA safeguards that would limit air pollution from industrial boilers.

That bill is the latest salvo in a legislative attack on the EPA and public health safeguards being led by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA). The White House has already threatened to veto the bill if it makes it to President Obama’s desk.

The new EPA safeguards would deliver $4 billion worth of health benefits per year while creating industry compliance costs of only $1.4 billion.  

Here is what LCV President Gene Karpinski had to say about the bill’s passage:

"Members of Congress should be pushing for the strongest possible pollution standards to protect American families, not standing in their way. If enacted, this legislation would eliminate long overdue standards for incinerators and boilers to limit incredibly dangerous air pollution such as arsenic, lead and mercury. There simply is no excuse for those members who are marching in line with Majority Leader Cantor’s pro-polluter agenda that protects corporate polluters at the expense of public health."

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