7. Their "Intrastate Coal and Use Act" would prevent the EPA from overruling state permits for coal mining and prevent fedral regulation of dirty coal products, like coal ash, if all the coal operations are conducted within the borders of a single state.
8. "Electricity Freedom Act" is an attack on states with plans requiring companies to get a certain percentage of their electricity from renewable sources, undermining support for cleaner energy development.
9. "Voluntary Childhood Lead Exposure Control Act" gives legal protection to corporation against victims of lead poisoning.
10. "Environmental Priotites Act" requires that state environmental protections be approved by a corporate-backed panel where there is no representative from a public interest environmental group.
11. "Resolution Supporting the Private Ownership of Property" expresses opposition to public interest regulations that protect public health or the environment such as pollution emission limits.
12. "Environment Services Public-Private Partnership Act" privatizes public water and sewage services and would prohibit local governments from requiring contractors to meet labor standards.
13. "Resolution on Packaging and the Municipal Solid Waste Stream" expresses opposition to waste reduction and mandated recycling laws.
14. "Resolution to Retain State Authority over Coasl Ash as Non-Hazardous Waste" opposes federal regulation of coal combustion waste known as coal ash) as hazardous, although coal ash contain large quantities of toxic metals, including mercury and arsenic, that can get in our water.
In addition to the above bills ALEC has prepared for each of their 2000+ state lawmakers, 90+ US House of Representative members, and a dozen US Senators to present to their respective legislative bodies they are also blocking conservation through the following:
1. "Eminent Domain Authority for Federal Lands Act" which would authorize state governments to open federal public land -- such as national parks and protected wilderness areas -- for oil, gas, and coal exploration. It would reverse the U.S. Supreme Court's constitutional interpretation that Congress has broader power to enact laws to manage federal land than states.
2. "Regulatory Costs Fairness Act" and "The Private Property Protection Act" which make taxpayers liable to land owners, including corporation, that claim their property values diminished by government regulations, including laws that protect neighbors from polluters.
ALEC is also working to criminalize environmental protection through its proposed bill, "Environmental Corrupt Organizations -- Preventive Legislation and Neutralization (ECO-PLAN) Act" which criminalizes environmental activism and gives the government the power to defund and shut down alleged "eco-terrorist" activities, but does not provide a definition of "animal and ecological terrorism." This bill potentially gives law enforcement broad discretion to silence critics of environmentally hazardous corporate activities and business practices.
As long as we allow ant-Democracy groups such as ALEC pay and support lawmakers to push through their agenda we will NOT SEE any safe guards to industrial pollution.
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