Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Lung Assn to Congress: TRAIN Act could delay life-saving pollution cleanup

Part of the congressional attack on health and environmental protections involves the so-called TRAIN Act, which seeks to handcuff agencies such as EPA. Our friends at the American Lung Association have sounded the alarm about what such legislation could mean for clean-air protections:


http://www.lungusa.org/get-involved/advocate/advocacy-documents/letter-he-1705.pdf

May 24, 2011

The Honorable Ed Whitfield
Chairman,
Subcommittee on Energy and Power
Committee on Energy and Commerce
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Bobby Rush
Ranking Member,
Subcommittee on Energy and Power
Committee on Energy and Commerce
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Whitfield and Ranking Member Rush:

The American Lung Association strongly opposes H.R. 1705 the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts of the Nation Act of 2011. This legislation would create additional bureaucracy and review that could delay lifesaving pollution cleanup required by the Clean Air Act. We urge the Subcommittee to reject this legislation.

The Clean Air Act prevents tens of thousands of adverse health effects caused by air pollution, including asthma attacks, heart attacks and even premature deaths each year. EPA's recent report The Benefits and Costs of the Clean Air Act from 1990 to 2020 found that cutting pollution through the Clean Air Act will save $2 trillion by 2020 and prevent at least 230,000 deaths annually. The implementation of the Clean Air Act provides ample opportunity for all interested parties to provide meaningful and substantial comments. Further, the Office of Management and Budget reviews all significant rulemakings and manages the interagency review process.

H.R. 1705's redundant review of Clean Air Act protections could serve to delay safeguards that are long overdue including the rules to reduce toxic air pollution, curb interstate air pollution and set air quality health standards based the best science. These rules are estimated to prevent tens of thousands of premature deaths and hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks each year. We strongly urge the Subcommittee to reject H.R. 1705 and instead work to support the continued implementation of this vital law.

Sincerely,
Charles D. Connor
President & CEO
cc. The Honorable Fred Upton, Chairman, Committee on Energy and Commerce
The Honorable Henry Waxman, Ranking Member, Committee on Energy and Commerce Members,
Subcommittee on Energy and Power

1 comment:

iolite said...

To keep the body healthy and fit we need to intake proper air and therefore this act must be started as soon as possible. So that people can live in pure and clean environment.