WASHINGTON - August 22 - Iím proud, as a Sierra Club representative, to stand with these members of Congress. Real leaders pursue the truth. Real leaders put public health and safety first. Real leaders still believe that honesty and integrity are American values.
We need accountability in government, especially on issues that affect human health and safety. At Ground Zero, we have seen lies compounded by more lies. And those lies have had a devastatingly harmful impact on the health of thousands of people. We need an end to lies.
And Congressman Nadler is right. We should be very vigorous in our scrutiny of the process to select a new Inspector General for the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
Will that new appointment ensure that our next Inspector General is an independent investigator who will speak the truth even if it sometimes makes important people uncomfortable?
Or will that new appointment ensure that high quality, high integrity reports like this one [the August 2003 EPA Inspector General Report) never, ever happen again?
The Sierra Club thanks these members of Congress for their leadership on this important issue.