Rep. Susan Davis Opposes Bill to Gut Clean Air Act
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) opposed a bill proposed by the House Majority that would end key health and environment protections under the Clean Air Act. The so-called Ozone Standard Implementation Act would handcuff the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce that amount of pollutants released into the air.
“For over forty years the Clean Air Act has protected the health of the American people,” said Davis. “It makes no sense to arbitrarily roll back these protections putting the health and safety of millions of Americans, including children, the elderly and those with asthma and other respiratory issues, at risk.”
Between 1980 and 2014, the Clean Air Act has reduced pollutants – such as lead, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide – by 63 percent.
The Majority’s bill would do more than just delay implementation of EPA’s ozone pollution standard, it would eviscerate the Clean Air Act – setting our nation back and undermining more than 45 years of public health and environmental progress.
The bill passed the House on a partisan vote and has generated a veto promise from President Obama.