Tell Congress: Reject This Bad Spending Bill!
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to oppose a bad spending bill that will gut environmental protections
Republicans in the House of Representatives have officially introduced a spending bill for 2012. This bill includes drastic cuts to environmental agencies and numerous riders that would exempt polluters from science-based regulations.
The bill would cut the Environmental Protection Agency's budget by 20%. But that's not all -- it also contains a number of other bad provisions. The two worst riders would:
- Overrule the Department of the Interior's provisional decision to protect the Grand Canyon from uranium mining. The action comes in response to last month's extension on the moratorium on new mine permits in lands around the Canyon for another six months while they complete a study on whether to provide more lasting protection against harmful mining.
- Prevent the EPA from taking steps to protect streams that flow only part of the year from harmful pollution. The EPA estimates that more than 117 million Americans get their drinking water from public supplies fed in whole or in part by intermittent or ephemeral streams. These waters need protection under the Clean Water Act.
These anti-environmental riders are just a few in a long list of amendments that are unrelated to spending, yet have been put into appropriations legislation to thwart attempts by the Obama Administration to protect our air, land and water.
Tell Congress: Protect the Grand Canyon and clean water by rejecting this bad spending bill!
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- For more information, read Lauren's post on Earthblog.