The House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy voted today to pass three anti-environmental bills that will increase exposure to toxic coal ash, weaken the nation’s Superfund law and limit citizens’ access to sue federal agencies charged with protecting our environment.
Specifically, the subcommittee voted on:
The Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013 (H.R. 2218), which
The Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act of 2013, which
The Federal and State Partnership for Environmental Protection Act of 2013, which establishes roadblocks to listing new toxic sites on the National Priority List.
The following statement is from Andrea Delgado, legislative representative at Earthjustice:
“The only thing these bills are concerned about protecting is the polluter’s ability to get away with poisoning communities and leaving their mess behind for someone else to clean up. Protecting our water and air is simply not even a consideration for the proponents of these bills. They seem to think that by simply including the words ‘environmental protection’ into the title of their legislation this qualifies them as stewards of our natural resources. Unfortunately, we all know this isn’t enough. It’s a shame that this committee, which should be putting its time and resources into matters that will protect our health and environment, are more concerned with finding ways to destroy them.”
About the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013, senior administrative counsel Lisa Evans states:
“The bill still fails to correct the fatal deficiencies in public health protection identified so clearly by the Congressional Research Service. The bill cannot and will not ensure that the health and safety of thousands of communities are protected from toxic ash.”