Laws with “boring names and little fanfare” are sneaking through
“They are described by promoters as an attempt to lift ‘unnecessary regulatory burdens,’ but in effect they constitute a license to pollute,”
The Regulatory Reform Act and the Regulatory Accountability Act have the potential to weaken the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and a number of others, Hoem said during a press conference at the
“One example of what these bills do is require regulators to adopt rules that are least costly to industry - even when laws exist that say human health takes precedence over costs,” she said. “The practical effect of these bills is to give
Hoem joined a knot of health, fire and environmental officials on the bluff above the Milltown Reservoir Superfund cleanup site on a rare clean-air afternoon to call attention to the impacts on
Hoem was joined by Dr.
One of the first things on the agenda when
“To date this administration has put forward no actions that improve the environment, and instead has done just the opposite, placing on hold or reversing or seeking to reverse over 30 such protections,” he said.
The rollbacks include regulations on mercury, methane, benzene, carbon pollution and pesticides known to cause birth defects.
“Controls are given to the very industries that create the waste,” Smith said. “They have been given a seat at the table while you and I have not.”
Knudsen sang the praises of
“This whole region, because of its biological and historic values, could just be an exceptional place to live, to recreate and to raise family,” Knudsen said. “So with this type of community and environmental vision right within reach, it is truly baffling to see the current administration slam on the brakes through budget slashings at
A stated top priority for
“He has also promised that within Superfund programs, projects that already have responsible parties at the table, that have funds secured and have agreements in place are the highest priority of all. That is the upper Clark Fork.
“So why, we ask, in this field season have we seen no action on any of the projects in Butte, no action on the projects on the Clark Fork river corridor? We are in lockstep with Scott Pruitt’s vision, but we’re not seeing the action on the ground.”
The press conference was hosted by
Woodland served as Superior’s fire chief for 10 years, and this summer has had a ringside seat to the Sunrise fire in
It’s a field ripe for more study, but “it’s kind of been sneaking up on me that I don’t think a lot of those trees are ever going to be replaced," Woodland said. "They’re not going to grow back and that’s because of climate change.”
He cited a fire expert’s opinion that the forest landscapes of the West will become brush and grass by 2085.
“It just so shocks me to think we’re at that point where that kind of change is happening to the world because of what we’ve failed to address,” Woodland said.
Griffin said as the responsible party for a century-plus of mining and smelter contamination in the
Montana’s congressional delegation is of varying degrees of help, the speakers said.
Woodland has talked to Democratic Sen.
“I’m pleased to see that in two different statements in the last week, he’s come out and indicated one of the factors behind the fires that we’re experiencing now is in fact the changing climate,” Woodland said. “What he has not done is talked at all about why the climate’s changing. He’s got a ways to go. He’s doing a little better, but he’s got a ways to go.”