Rep. McCollum lets Lisa Jackson know of her support for EPA

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Submitted by the office of Rep. Betty McCollum*

Representative McCollum lets Lisa Jackson know of her support for EPA and relays funny story about the danger of endocrine disruptors

On March 3, Rep. Betty McCollum questioned EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson in a hearing before the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee on their 2012 budget. You can watch the video here.

Rep. McCollum expressed her strong support for EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment. She noted from this article industry opposition to ozone regulations after the 1990 Clean Air Act and how the regulations ended up costing less than expected while not harming economic growth. She noted that the consumers she sold refrigerators to while working at Sears Roebuck during that time also did not object to laws designed to improve public health. Rep. McCollum mentioned to Jackson the Valentines her office had received from Minnesotans dedicated to the EPA and told a humorous story in conclusion about why EPA needed to take seriously the problem of endocrine disruptors in our water.

This week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will be voting on H.R. 910, a bill to strip EPA of its ability to regulate greenhouse gases that contribute heavily to asthma and other public health illnesses. Rep. McCollum strongly opposes the bill and its unprecedented attempt to turn back the tremendous progress we have made under the Clean Air Act that has improved the health of all Minnesotans.

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