A Little-Noticed Toxic Provision of the House’s Continuing Resolution
On Feb.17, in a 250-177 vote, the House of Representatives approved an amendment by Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) to deny any funds to EPA to “implement, administer or enforce” mercury and other toxic air pollution standards for all cement plants in the country.
The EPA standards that the House voted to block would reduce cement plants’ mercury emissions nationwide by 16,600 pounds, a 92 percent reduction from projected 2013 emission levels. . .
Were these toxic pollution safeguards allowed to take effect, EPA projects that starting in 2013 and every year thereafter, the standards would avoid: up to 2,500 premature deaths; 1,500 heart attacks; 17,000 cases of aggravated asthma; 32,000 cases of upper and lower respiratory symptoms; and 130,000 days when people would have missed miss work.
At long last, have they no shame?