Wednesday, July 06, 2011

A festival of special interests: House spending bill would curb EPA ghg authority, give other deals to industry

The new spending bill, to be voted on tomorrow by a House panel, is contains a long list of provisions to block effective EPA action to limit pollution.

It's a veritable festival of special interest provisions.



http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/INTERIOR-FY2012_-_Working_v20_xml.pdf

In addition to slashing EPA's budget, the bill would:

--Curb EPA's authority to limit greenhouse gas emissions from smokestack industries.
--Order EPA to approve more polluting "flexible" air permits.
(EPA has been battling Texas Governor Rick Perry over this issue.)
--Block EPA from regulating toxic coal ash.
--Ease air pollution control requirements for offshore oil projects.
--Prevent federal regulators from moving forward with regulations intended to protect streams from mountaintop-removal coal mining.
--Limit EPA authority under the Clean Water Act.

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