Senate allows private companies to continue to pollute.

What this means is that the Senate has given approval for companies to continue to spew mercury into the air.  The Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1970 to protect the environment and those of us who live in it.  This ruling allows power plants to continue to pollute at current levels until 2018 when they must reduce by 70% the amount of mercury they emit.  Current technolgies can cut emissions by 90%.

If you are a mother thinkng about breast feeding your child, don’t do it.  Your mercury levels are far too high to be safe.

Senate rejects bid to overturn EPA rules on mercury pollution

September 14, 2005


WASHINGTON—The Senate narrowly turned back a challenge to the Bush administration’s strategy on mercury pollution Tuesday, leaving intact federal rules that give power plants flexibility in how they reduce emissions of the dangerous toxin.

With a 51-47 vote, the Senate defeated a resolution to void Environmental Protection Agency rules finalized last March. The Democrats and nine Republicans who supported the repeal contended the EPA approach was too slow and too weak in dealing with a pollutant that can cause serious neurological damage to newborn and young children.

The White House insisted its market-based approach to curtailing mercury pollution is effective and founded on sound science, and warned that President Bush would veto any legislation that overturned the EPA rules.

‘’In reality this is a political exercise in futility,’’ said Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.) ‘’Who in this chamber would truly believe that the president would sign legislation to repeal his own administration’s rule?’’

The administration rules, backed by the utility industry, would set a cap on mercury emissions. But individual plants, through a cap-and-trade system, can avoid cleanups by buying pollution credits from plants that are under allowable levels.

Posted by SPN on 09/14 at 07:49 AM in Politics

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