|Clean air and public health are under attack in Congress. Very soon the House is expected to vote on two bills which could weaken our environmental public health standards. The first (H.R. 2681) would reduce regulation of cement plants, which are one of the largest sources of industrial mercury toxics in the country. The second (H.R. 2250) would reduce regulations on incinerators and industrial boilers which dump large amounts of toxic pollution into our air.
Supporters of this kind of legislation claim that passage will stimulate the economy. Sacrificing tens of thousands of American lives will not create more jobs. Burdening the American people with billions of dollars in health and welfare costs will not lead to sustained economic growth.