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Congressional Leaders Urge EPA to Address Methane Pollution from Coal Mines

Rep. Waxman and Senator Whitehouse continue commitment to address climate change pollution
May 7, 2013
Washington, D.C. —

Today, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, urging the agency to reevaluate the agency’s April 30 decision failing to even consider regulating the millions of tons of air pollutants—including methane—emitted from coal mines every year. The letter was sent directly to Acting EPA Administrator Bob Perciasepe, calling for curbed methane pollution from coal mines which are the fourth largest source of methane emissions in the United States. In January, Rep. Waxman and Senator Whitehouse announced a partnership between both chambers of Congress to push for stronger policies to address climate change.

The following statement is from Earthjustice senior legislative representative Sarah Saylor:

“Rep. Waxman and Sen. Whitehouse are right to shine a spotlight on the EPA’s unacceptable decision to ignore air pollution from coal mines. To protect public health for our kids and to reduce the threat of climate change for future generations, we need fewer excuses and more action from the agency charged with protecting the public’s health and environment. We commend Rep. Waxman and Sen. Whitehouse for continuing to press for action on addressing the pollution that causes climate change.”

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Raviya Ismail, Earthjustice, (2020) 745-5221

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