REP. ANDREWS COSPONSORS JOINT RESOLUTION AGAINST THE LOOSENING OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS
I have cosponsored H.J.RES 56, a joint resolution which disapproves of a 2005 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule removing power plants from the federal list of major sources of hazardous air pollutants. The Clean Air Act was passed in 1963 to reduce the growing smog and pollution in U.S. skies. It is disappointing that after forty-three years, the EPA would lower its standards and discount coal and oil burning power plants as major air polluters. If enacted by both the House and Senate, H.J.RES 56 will ensure that energy producers are not exempt from regulations necessary to keep the public healthy and safe.
Over recent years we have seen an erosion of environmental protections in favor of business interests. While our Nation's businesses must stay competitive in the world market, they must do so without sacrificing the health of the American people. Our children deserve to breathe easy in an environment cleaner than their parents'. I will continue my efforts in Congress to uphold environmental laws and improve the quality of life for all citizens.