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Congress, EPA Need to Secure a Cleaner Future

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Washington, June 24, 2015 | Tia Shuyler (202-225-4376) | comments
Congressman Don Beyer reaffirmed his support today for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan and the Clean Air Act by voting against the Ratepayer Protection Act which would roll back the EPA’s commitment to cutting carbon emissions.
“The EPA’s landmark proposal is designed to help cities and states cut the dangerous carbon emissions that threaten our health and our planet," said Rep. Beyer. "Instead of supporting this plan and working together to fight climate change in a meaningful way, today’s vote is an unprecedented attempt to ignore, deny, and obfuscate. We need to work together to tackle the global threat to future generations from climate change, not strip the EPA of the tools it needs to secure a cleaner world.”
The Ratepayer Protection Act threatens to undermine public health protections in the Clean Air Act and would give states an unprecedented ability to opt out of EPA protection standards.  Further, it prematurely attacks the Clean Power Plan that has not yet been finalized. 
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