02 Sep '11, 3pm

Obama says our lungs are less important than polluting corporations

Nick Berning, 202-222-0748,[email protected] ; Kelly Trout, 202-222-0722,[email protected] President decides Americans’ lungs are less important than polluting corporations and Eric Cantor WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Obama today announced he is blocking standards that would have protected Americans from excessive ground-level ozone pollution, which is the primary constituent of smog and which worsens bronchitis, emphysema and asthma. The standards were developed by EPA experts fulfilling their obligation under the Clean Air Act to protect Americans’ health. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) recently called for the overruling of the EPA experts, and overturning these standards has been a priority for corporate polluters’ lobbyists. Friends of the Earth managing director David Hirsch had the following response: “President Obama decided today to trash fundamental protect...

Full article: http://foe.org/obama-trashes-smog-protections

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