Boxer spars with EPA
9 February 2007, source edie newsroom
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The no-nonsense accusations were made at an official hearing of the committee this week, when Boxer openly accused the EPA of pandering to the needs of big business whilst failing to carry out its primary duties - protecting the environment and public health.
"These EPA rollbacks have common themes," she said.
"They benefit polluters' bottom line, and they hurt our communities by allowing more pollution and reducing the information about pollution available to the public."
"EPA has gone too long without oversight. I want to send a clear signal to EPA and to this Administration. We are watching. The American public is watching. And no longer will EPA rollbacks quietly escape scrutiny."
"The pattern of these year-end actions is striking - the public interest is sacrificed, and environmental protection compromised. Who gains from these rollbacks? Just look at who asked for them, like Big Oil and the battery industry. EPA's proposed actions make it clear who EPA is protecting. The purpose of this oversight hearing is to remind EPA who they are truly accountable to-the American people."
The hearing was essentially held to ask who watches the watchman and how EPA policy should be overseen by legislators.
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