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Health groups oppose the inclusion of policy riders to weaken clean air protections in funding bills

Sunday, February 11, 2018  
Posted by: APHA Government Affairs
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Health groups oppose the inclusion of policy riders to weaken clean air protections in funding bills

APHA joined the American Lung Association and other health organizations in sending a letter to House and Senate leaders urging them to oppose all policy riders — including those that would block, weaken, or delay critical clean air and public health protections — as they work to finalize FY 18 funding legislation. In the letter, the groups pointed out that both the FY 18 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill passed by the House of Representatives and the version of the bill proposed by the Senate contain numerous policy riders that would put health and lives at risk from air pollution, and cut funding for EPA. The House bill contains language that would: delay more protective ozone standards for eight years; block EPA and Bureau of Land Management protections against dangerous methane pollution; encourage the burning of biomass for electricity despite its health risks; and prohibit EPA from accounting for the costs of climate change in its work. The current version of the Senate Interior-EPA funding bill includes language that underscores some of these harmful measures. The groups urged leaders to remove any of the existing riders and to oppose the addition of any additional policy riders as Congress finalizes FY 18 spending legislation.


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