The League and coalition partners sent a letter to the Senate urging them to oppose S. 1786, which would block the EPA’s ability to clean-up life-threatening toxic air pollution.


United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator:

On behalf of our millions of members, activists, and supporters, we strongly urge you to oppose S. 1786. This pro-pollution plan would block the EPA's ability to clean-up life-threatening toxic air pollution. This bill is part of an extreme, ideological agenda and it will not create jobs, but it will cost lives.

Instead of focusing on strengthening the economy and growing jobs, it includes the REINS Act (S. 299), a bill that would actually create far more regulatory uncertainty by throwing every regulatory issue into the Congress. More pollution and uncertainty won't create jobs.

One of the most sweeping and radical bills ever to be considered by a Congress, REINS would undo more than 100 years of safeguards by allowing just one chamber of Congress to block law enforcement of existing statutory protections -- from worker safety, to public health, to Wall Street reform. This would make Congress the required arbiter of every technical question and business dispute, would allow a single chamber of Congress to stop any regulation, no matter what the substantive record showed, and, in one fell swoop, would effectively rewrite virtually every environmental and other regulatory statute by making their requirements unenforceable.

S.1786 also includes rollbacks for clean air standards that will protect public health by limiting dangerous pollutants like toxic mercury, arsenic, soot, and smog, from the nation's largest pollution sources, including incinerators, and cement plants. The bill's many other health and environmental rollbacks include an attack on the National Environmental Protection Act and unnecessarily delays life-saving standards.

Let us be absolutely clear: sacrificing tens of thousands of American lives will not create more jobs. Poisoning the air our children and our families breathe will not stimulate the economy. Burdening the American people with hundreds of billions of dollars in health and welfare costs will not lead to sustained economic growth. Sowing the seeds of massive economic uncertainty will not help the economy.

Now more than ever, the American people need their members of Congress to work together to solve the nation's problems in a bipartisan manner. We urge you to reject these polluter-led attacks on public health and instead focus on real solutions that grow the economy, not cost lives.