NOT SEE AN END TO INDUSTRIAL POLLUTION
Industrial pollution is the major source of global air, water and soil pollution and refers to all pollution which can, directly or indirectly, be linked with industry
Industrial pollution is the biggest source of pollution in most of the developed world. In United States for instance industrial pollution accounts for more than half of the nation's total pollution (data from the U.S. Environmental Agency).
Every day we see more and more pollution with the increase in oil drilling and gas drilling. We have even seen flames coming out of water facets as a result of the fracking utilized to extract gas from the Earth. Recent studies are showing this practice is also polluting the air.
Meanwhile, we see nothing in way of regulating such pollution. Rather we hear,"Drill baby drill."
ALEC, through their paid-for legislators like Eric Canter, continues to push through the agenda prepared by corporations.
Canter has already, through his committee, approved the "Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation" (TRAIN) Act.
Among the regulations targeted by The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) through paid-for legislators like Cantor are the new maximum achievable control technology "MACT" standards, known as the "boiler MACT rules" for utility plants. Analysts at the Center for Progressive Reform estimated that these rules "would annually prevent up to nearly 6,600 premature deaths, more than 4,000 non-fatal heart attacks, more than 1,600 cases of acute bronchitis, and more than 313,000 missed work and school days."
Another target is rules regulating what is known as " coal ash ," the dirty waste from burning coal. Researchers from the Environmental Integrity Project, Earthjustice, and the Sierra Club analyzed groundwater monitoring data collected by state agencies and found that "coal combustion waste (CCW) disposal sites ... have contaminated groundwater or surface water with toxic metals and other pollutants."(Coal ash waste is sometimes called CCW or coal combustion residues (CCR) or even the whitewashed "coal combustion byproducts" (CCB).) According to TruthOut ,"the roughly 130 million tons of contaminated coal ash produced by American power plants each year is contained in 431 different impoundments and landfills across the country, and the EPA has identified 49 such sites as 'high hazard' because of their proximity to populated residential areas."
A glimpse at ALEC's Polluter Agenda, as presented by The Center for Media and Democracy:
1. Oppose a Supreme Court decision that allowed the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases as pollutants. The resolution dismisses climate change concerns through misleading rhetoric presented by paid-for "authorities" through the Corporate Media Propagandists (CPM.
2. Support the REINS Act, legislation that would give Congress the authority to block the enforcement of numerous federal protections, including clean air and water laws, safeguards for mine workers, rules that prohibit the sale of tobacco to children, and even protection from discrimination.
3. Pull states out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative or the Western Climate Initiative, programs to cut greenhouse gases and carbon-dioxide emissions. It also uses the language that denies that climate change is occurring.
4. Create hurdles for state agencies attempting to regulate carbon gases by imposing cost assessments on carbon regulation, without any parallel accounting required of corporations whose actions are contributing to the climate changes underway.
5. Oppose environmental protections on carbon dioxide emissions through their "Resolution in Opposition of Carbon Dioxide Emission Standards" proposed bill to be presented by their paid-for legislators.
6. Have presented their "Conditioning Regulation of Non-Pollutant Emissions on Science Act" which would impose new burdens on state regulatory efforts by creating a complex process the state must go through before passing new environmental protection regulations. The act would keep a state from responding quickly to public health issues.
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