Ensure Clean Air Protections - Oppose the TRAIN Act
In September, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2401, the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation (TRAIN) Act. The TRAIN Act would limit the EPA's regulatory power to enforce the Clean Air Act and establish a Congressional committee to review all proposed actions for enforcement before they can be implemented. The TRAIN Act specifically t imposes a mandatory delay in enacting the new mercury standards that would protect our children from exposure to mercury in the air.
The TRAIN Act would result in costly reports and delay (or prevent) the implementation of important environmental health regulations. The bill eliminates the requirement that the EPA base clean air standards on health and science and requires the agency to consider "feasibility and cost" to industry, essentially forcing the EPA to set unsafe air standards.
JEWISH VALUES As Jews we are called from the earliest verses of Torah to be good stewards of our resources, including water and air, and to protect our health and our natural world. In Midrash we are told “Take care, lest you spoil and destroy my world, because if you do, there is no one after you to make it right again” (Kohelet Rabbah 7:13). In Deuteronomy, we are taught to "choose life, that you and your descendants may live" (30:20).
We must not allow Congress to roll back Clean Air Act protections. Urge your Senator to oppose the TRAIN Act when it is introduced to the Senate. The Capitol Switchboard can be reached at 202.224.3121, or you can send an email by entering your zip code below.
For more information, contact Legislative Assistant Susan Paykin at 202.380.2800.