14 Oct '11, 7pm

House Blocks EPA Safeguards Against Coal Ash Dangers

WASHINGTON (October 14, 2011) -- The House today passed another bill that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from protecting our health. This latest assault would limit the agency’s ability to regulate toxic ash created by coal-burning power plants. The following is a statement from Scott Slesinger, legislative director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, on H.R. 2273: ``Poisoning people once by burning coal is bad enough. But letting these power plants expose the public a second time to their toxic wastes is inexcusable. Double-jeopardy is not the American way. Only in the Tea Party’s universe can arsenic and other heavy metals escape the label of hazardous waste.’’ The contaminants in coal ash are known to cause bladder, kidney, liver, lung, prostate, and skin cancer. The House-passed bill would stop EPA from setting standards to require power plants...

Full article: http://www.nrdc.org/media/2011/111014.asp

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