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ELPC Commends Midwest Senators for Upholding Clean Air Safeguards for Public Health

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Senators Sherrod Brown (OH), Dick Durbin (IL), Al Franken (MN), Tim Johnson (SD), Mark Kirk (IL), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Herb Kohl (WI), Carl Levin (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) stood up for clean air protections today and voted against an extraordinary resolution that would have blocked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from advancing standards to modernize coal plants and reduce dangerous pollution that drifts across state lines.

Midwest Democratic and Republican Senators were joined by a bipartisan majority of their colleagues in the vote to reject Senator Rand Paul’s S.J. Res. 27 by a vote of 56 to 41.

“We commend the Senators who voted today to protect public health, clean air and the Great Lakes from harmful pollution,” said Howard Learner, Executive Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center. “It’s time for the owners of old, highly-polluting coal plants to invest in modern pollution control equipment. They should move to a level playing field with the companies that have already cleaned up their plants.”

The Cross State Air Pollution Standard will prevent up to 34,000 premature deaths, 400,000 asthma attacks, 15,000 heart attacks, and 19,000 hospital visits each year starting in 2014.

“Senators Brown, Durbin, Franken, Johnson , Kirk, Kohl, Levin and Stabenow recognized their constituents’ support for common-sense standards that will protect public health,” said Learner.

Senate Appropriations Committee Slashes Funding for Farm Energy Programs

Friday, September 9th, 2011

The Senate Appropriations Committee slashed funding for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) in the Agriculture Appropriations Bill for FY2012. The program continues to bear a disproportionate share of budget cuts — while most Farm Bill programs were reduced by only 5%, the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) was reduced by nearly 50% and the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels by nearly 30%.

REAP is a popular and oversubscribed program that has funded more than 7,600 farm energy projects since 2003, directly benefiting farmers in all agricultural sectors and every state by making renewable energy and energy efficiency projects more affordable.  Because the program provides grants to cover 25% of the cost, the $36.5 million dollars cut from REAP jeopardizes at least $146 million of overall private and public investment – and jobs — in rural America.

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