House Passes Sweeping Anti-Clean Air TRAIN Act

Leading Environmental Groups Call on Senate to Reject It,  Commend Veto Threat from White House

Today the House of Representatives passed a sweeping anti-environment bill that blocks two landmark public health safeguards against air pollution. The TRAIN Act,  H.R. 2401, blocks standards that would curb mercury emissions from power plants and reduce pollution that travels across state lines and endangers communities. Leading environmental and public health  groups (listed below) issued the following statement after the House vote:

“We are heartened by the President’s strong stand against the TRAIN Act and against pollution with his promise to veto this dangerous legislation.  His leadership will keep Americans from being forced  to breathe smog and other dangerous air pollutants.  We call on the U.S. Senate to stand strong and  reject the TRAIN Act and its deadly impacts on public health.  Hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks and heart attacks and tens of thousands of premature deaths can be prevented with common  sense clean air safeguards proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

“The House today showed they have bought the false argument that we need to choose between  protecting lives and creating jobs. Now we need the Senate and the President to protect our right to  breathe.”

Environment America
Natural Resources Defense Council
Sierra Club
League of Conservation Voters
US Climate Action Network
League of Women Voters
Environmental Defense Fund

9 Responses to House Passes Sweeping Anti-Clean Air TRAIN Act

  1. Patrick Linsley says:

    I’m surprised the American Lung Association isn’t on that list against it too since they seem pretty involved in anti-smog legislation.

  2. Patrick Linsley says:

    Also if this legislation passed crippling the EPA’s ability to regulate interstate pollution there would be no recourse for it as the Supreme Court has said states cannot regulate emissions into their states.

  3. Arne Perschel says:

    I’ve always said it: mercury in CFL’s is extremely dangerous, mercury from coal is harmless. Good to see how members of congress can’t easily be deceived by scientists and reason.

  4. Sasparilla says:

    Boy, just like the Koch’s ordered.

    The frightening thing is that if the GOP sweeps next year (there’s 3 times or 4 times the number of Democrat Senators up for re-election compared to Republicans in the Senate) we can actually look forward to things like this being signed into law (hard to even comprehend).

  5. Matt Osborne says:

    Isn’t it just like Republicans to cut rail funding and then call this POS the “TRAIN” Act?

  6. Why wasn’t this more aptly named the “TRAIN wreck”? It’s impossible to understand how anybody can be against clean air and less pollution and even pass laws to that effect.

  7. Edith Wiethorn says:

    The Congressional junket travel I would like to see is a liesurely tour for everyone who voted for “TRAIN wreck” of the world’s most polluted Indian & Chinese cities.

  8. Edith Wiethorn says:

    Thanks for “TRAIN wreck” Baerbel Winkler !

  9. Edith Wiethorn says:

    Joe Romm, do you have a recommendation for the best of any links that document the votes of Congressional & Senate members on bills? Such links could be a standing tool in the side-bar at Climate Progress. There they could gain prominence & build voter awareness in an election year. Maybe other issue-oriented websites & blogs would follow suit.

    One of the reasons I ask is that I research online a lot & could not immediately find such a site via search. I know there is at least one out there …

    I would love to see an election-year recruitment-message-campaign for non-voters : Is your default representative doing a good job for you?

    What IS the percent of qualified voters who do not go to the polls?