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EPA: Fend off attack on clean air and water

Letter by Sam Teicher, Seattle on July 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm | 29 Comments »
July 21, 2011 1:39 pm

Next week, the U.S. House of Representatives will likely vote on a bill that would threaten the Puget Sound and the air Washingtonians breathe, the water we drink and the places we love. Not only does this appropriations bill block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from setting critical clean air, clean water and public health safeguards, but it also puts some of America’s most treasured places like the Grand Canyon at risk of destruction.

Specifically, the bill would put at risk the streams that feed the drinking water supplies of more than 2 million Washingtonians, allow uranium mining right next to the Grand Canyon and block the EPA from updating health-protective standards for soot pollution. Soot pollution from coal-fired power plants alone is estimated to cut short the lives of more than 13,000 Americans nationwide each year.

We can’t afford to have polluters and their allies in Congress get away with this. We’re counting on Dicks to continue his strong record of defending Washingtonian’s public health and environment by opposing this bill.


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