“Coal” Legislation Guts Basic Health, Environmental Protections

For Immediate Release


Bob Keefe, NRDC 202-289-2373, bkeefe@nrdc.org or Elizabeth Heyd, NRDC, 202-289-2424, eheyd@nrdc.org

“Coal” Legislation Guts Basic Health, Environmental Protections

Latest assault from House Republican leadership would let big polluters skirt air, water standards

WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives this week is moving forward a bill that would let big polluters increase air pollution, dump more hazardous coal ash into America’s streams and rivers and strip away fundamental health and environmental protections under the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act.

The following is a statement from Franz Matzner, associate director of government affairs for the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“Disingenuously spinning this as some sort of jobs legislation does not hide House Republican leadership’s true purpose: To continue gutting our fundamental environmental and health protections just to please political supporters. 

“No amount of rebranding can change the facts: dirty air and water won’t create jobs, but it will pollute our lungs, contaminate our water and devastate our communities.

“Despite all the other pressing issues America faces, it’s unfortunate but not surprising that Republican leadership continues to spend time dismantling our basic environmental protections. This is what they’ve been doing since they took control of the House.”

The House has voted more than 300 times to block or eliminate fundamental environmental protections, making it the most anti-environmental House in history, according to a House Committee on Energy & Commerce database. See here for details.


The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.2 million members and online activists, served from offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing.

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