APPOINTMENT OF CONFEREES ON H.R. 6, ENERGY POLICY ACT OF 2005 -- (Extensions of Remarks - July 15, 2005)
SPEECH OF HON. JOE BACA OF CALIFORNIA
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2005
* Mr. BACA. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of the Motion to Instruct Conferees by Representative CAPPS.
* Our greatest obligation is to protect the people we represent. That means protecting their health and wellbeing. Therefore, it is important that we do not let those responsible for MBTE contamination of our water off the hook.
* Clean and safe drinking water is vital to our health, not a luxury.
* So I want to make sure that chemicals that cause cancer or other illnesses that threaten the health, even the lives, of my constituents are not able to contaminate the water we drink.
* That is why I have been working hard to gain funds to pay for the removal of perchlorate from groundwater in San Bernardino County.
* And that is why I am concerned about MBTE and its impact on the communities I represent.
* MBTE is a dangerous chemical that has contaminated the groundwater in thousands of sites across the country.
* Unfortunately, instead of holding the manufacturers of MBTE accountable for the harm their products have caused, some Republicans in Congress want to make the American people pay.
* I believe in being accountable and responsible. This Administration has talked about accountability, but now Republican leaders are now trying to pass the buck.
* The cost of cleaning up MBTE-contaminated water nationwide is estimated to be $29 billion.
* It is wrong to ask the county and city governments and local water agencies to pay. Their budgets are already under a lot of stress, and they would have to raise the funds from taxpayers and ratepayers.
* We must reject provisions that give corporate polluters a free pass. MBTE manufacturers must be held accountable for the harm they have caused and clean up their own mess.