Bush Administration Hits the Environment with a One-Two Punch
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today in response to new Bush Administration assaults
on the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act.
Administration hit our nations premier environmental laws,
the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act, with a one-two punch
the Administration acknowledged it is dropping at least 70 ongoing
investigations into Clean Air Act violations at power plants and
industrial facilities. In August, the Bush Administration made it
much easier for polluting facilities to avoid installing new air
pollution controls, while saying that ongoing investigations would
continue. Now, the Administration is dropping any pretense of pursuing
came the news that the Administration is seriously weakening the
Clean Water Act by dropping protections for smaller streams, ponds,
and wetlands. The value of these waterways is enormous -- they provide
drinking water, support fish and wildlife, and reduce flooding,
but the Bush Administration does not seem to care if they are polluted.
Administration has thrown in the towel on fighting polluters, and
is taking on the environment instead. Democrats will go the distance
against polluters to make certain Americans have clean air to breathe
and clean water to drink."