FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 23, 2011
Contact: Dan Weber/Ben Gerdes
Congresswoman Edwards: TRAIN Act Another Republican Attempt to Strip the Clean Air Act
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4) today opposed H.R. 2401, the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation (TRAIN) Act, which passed the House 249-169. This bill would block two of the most critical provisions of the Clean Air Act: the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards and the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. These rules limit the amount of mercury and other toxic pollutants that utilities can emit and reduce air pollution from power plants in upwind states that harm health in downwind states. The Clean Air Act has a 40-year record of proven health benefits. The pollution standards required by the Cross-State rule alone will yield an estimated $120 to $280 billion annually in savings from reduced health care expenditures and increased worker productivity--benefits that are 150 to 350 times the cost of implementing the rule.
"Instead of working with Democrats and the President to create jobs, Republicans are continuing their ideological agenda to strip bare the Clean Air Act," said Congresswoman Edwards. "The TRAIN Act is a further attempt to restrict the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), removing mercury and air toxicity rules and eliminating critical health benefits for all Americans. Republican intransigence has already cost us jobs and economic growth--now it could have a detrimental impact on the health of the American people. It is time to end the political posturing and put the American people back to work."