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Obama Threatens to Veto TRAIN Act

21 Sep 2011  |   Emma Brown

Tags: Clean Air, Administration, General Environment, General Political, House, Toxics

The White House issued a formal statement Wednesday threatening to veto the TRAIN Act (H.R. 2401), which would delay the EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and Mercury and Air Toxics rules.

In the statement, the Administration noted that the measure undermines important health provisions of the Clean Air Act, and requires “costly, unnecessary, and redundant,” reports on EPA policy. The statement went on to explain that the Cross-State and Mercury and Air Toxics rules will prevent thousands of premature deaths and will provide a net benefit of billions of dollars each year for taxpayers.

The Administration states:

“Each year, these rules would avoid tens of thousands of premature deaths, prevent tens of thousands of heart attacks and thousands of hospital visits for respiratory and cardiovascular disease, and alleviate hundreds of thousands of childhood asthma attacks and other respiratory illnesses.  EPA estimates that these two rules alone will yield hundreds of billions of dollars in net benefits each year.  H.R. 2401 would block these rules and indefinitely delay these public health and economic benefits.”

The House is expected to vote on the TRAIN Act later this week.

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