27 Jun '11, 5pm

Why Do Some in Congress Want to Allow More Mercury Pollution, Asthma Attacks and Premature Deaths?

Last week, some members of Congress sided with big polluters over the American people by introducing outrageous legislation to allow over 100,000 tons of toxic air pollution and over 20,000 premature deaths caused by this pollution. Specifically, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced a bill they called the EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 (H.R. 2250 [pdf]) to severely weaken and delay Clean Air Act safeguards slated to reduce mercury, toxic metals, acid gases and other hazardous air pollution from incinerators and other industrial polluters. Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin that damages the developing brains of children and the unborn. Other toxic air pollutants emitted by these facilities cause cancer, birth defects, and contribute to asthma attacks, bronchitis and premature deaths. The legislation fundamentally weakens the Clean Air Act by: Dela...

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