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Congressman Bass Votes Against Gutting the Clean Air Act

Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or

September 23, 2011  

NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, Congressman Bass voted against the TRAIN Act (HR 2401) - the first in a suite of attacks on public health safeguards outlined in Majority Leader Cantor’s Fall Agenda. The TRAIN Act delays two critical clean air safeguards for reducing toxic air pollution from power plants that would save over 130 lives per year in New Hampshire*: the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard and the Cross State Air Pollution Rule. If enacted, this would give polluters a free pass and lead to increased health care costs for New Hampshire families already struggling to make ends meet.

"We applaud Congressman Bass for standing up to corporate polluters by voting against this toxic legislation that would block the EPA’s efforts to protect Americans from dangerous air pollution like mercury, smog, and soot," said Tiernan Sittenfeld, LCV Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. "Congressman Bass understands that endangering the health of New Hampshire families will not create jobs nor will poisoning the air we breathe jumpstart the economy."

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*Source: EPA, Regulatory Impact Analysis for the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, (CSAPR), and EPA, Technical Support Document: "Analysis of State and County-Level PM2.5 Benefits."

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