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House Passes Bill to Block Public Health Standards for Industrial Boilers

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

October 13, 2011  

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House passed legislation to block long overdue clean air standards for industrial boilers (H.R. 2250) - the latest in a suite of attacks on public health safeguards outlined in Majority Leader Cantor’s Fall Agenda. The health benefits delivered by these incinerator and boiler standards are estimated to be as high as $54 billion annually, compared with industry compliance costs estimated by the EPA of only $1.4 billion.

LCV President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement on the passage of the legislation:

“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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