30 Jul '11, 6pm

Proposed EPA Budget Cuts Will Hurt Environmental Justice Communities

This past week, the full House of Representatives began consideration of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, FY 2012 (H.R. 2584). As many of my colleagues have already blogged, H.R. 2584 includes many anti-environmental riders and amendments that would block protections for clean air, clean water, wilderness lands, and wildlife. These riders and amendments, however, will also significantly harm environmental justice communities around the country, who already bear a disproportionate burden of our nation’s toxic pollution. For example, an amendment by Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) that was tacked onto H.R. 2584 in subcommittee will block life-saving EPA standards to cut mercury and toxic air pollution from dirty power plants . EPA has estimated that blocking its proposed Mercury and Air Toxics standards for power plants by even two additional ye...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/ahuang/proposed_epa_bud...

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