Monday, October 10, 2011

Henry Cuellar votes against the Environment- AGAIN !

Look at me: Does it look like I care about the Environment??

Laredo Congressman Henry Cuellar continued his republican-leaning, anti-envinronmental, anti-EPA voting streak on Thursday. This time voting for HR 2681 "Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011" which, like other bills Cuellar has voted for recently, rolls back the powers of the EPA to protect our clean air and water.

The republican bills that Cuellar has taken a liking to all seem to have the word "relief" in it somewhere, as in relief from government regulation. How about some relief from Cuellar's dismal voting record? It's time to elect someone who will not be told how to vote by Big Industry.

OpenCongress.Org  reports this as follows:

Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 : Official Summary

Provides that the following rules shall have no force or effect and shall be treated as though they had never taken effect:
(1) National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants from the Portland Cement Manufacturing Industry and Standards of Performance for Portland Cement Plants; and
(2) the Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources and Emission Guidelines for Existing Sources: Commercial and Industrial Solid Waste Incineration Units, and Identification of Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials That are Solid Waste, insofar as such rules are applicable to the Portland cement manufacturing industry and Portland cement plants. Requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in place of such rules, to promulgate and finalize on the date that is 15 months after the date of the enactment of this Act regulations for the Portland cement manufacturing industry and Portland cement plants subject to such rules, that:
(1) establish maximum achievable control technology standards, performance standards, and other requirements for hazardous air pollutants or solid waste combustion under the Clean Air Act; and
(2) identify non-hazardous secondary materials that, when used as fuels or ingredients in combustion units of such industry and plants, are solid waste under the Solid Waste Disposal Act for purposes of determining the extent to which such combustion units are required to meet emission standards for such pollutants under such Act. Requires the Administrator to establish a date for compliance with standards and requirements under such regulations, which shall be no earlier than five years after such regulation's effective date after considering compliance costs, non-air quality health and environmental impacts and energy requirements, the feasibility of implementation, the availability of equipment, suppliers

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