Friday, February 24, 2017

Congress is cutting public protections

See this article by the Union of Concerned Scientists. Already the new Congress has overturned the Stream Protection Rule that protecting streams from mining pollution. Not surprisingly, the sponsors of the Bill received more than $1 million from this industry. A new bill has been introduced to remove an EPA rule to improve safety at chemical storage facilities. Again, the sponsor received large donations from that industry. There is new legislation to overturn the Methane and Waste Prevention rule, which provides protections on how oil and gas are extracted on federal lands. And yet again, the sponsors are receiving large payouts from the industry. See the article for more examples with the details. Bottom line as usual: money over people and the environment.

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