Our Republican-ruled House of Representatives has impeccable timing.
On Thursday, Jan. 9, the Republican majority House passed a bill called the Reducing Excessive Deadlines Obligation Act. The bill is intended to reduce requirements that the EPA review and update regulations for superfund and hazardous waste disposal sites in a timely manner. It would require the federal government to give states more leeway in regulating these sites and would reduce the requirement for companies to provide proper liability insurance.
Also on Thursday, Jan. 9, a tank holding 7,500 gallons of a chemical used to clean coal, 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, leaked out of an old storage tank and entered the Elk River just one mile upriver from a privately owned and operated water plant in Charleston, W.Va. Although the leak began early in the morning, the public was not alerted until after 5 p.m.
The EPA was called in, and as of Sunday, 300,000 people had no usable water. No drinking, no clothes-washing, no bathing, no cooking, no use of public water at all. It's unknown when the ban will be lifted.
The Republican Party has made "Too Many Regulations" their mantra and their answer for every economic and social problem. This bill will not create a single job. It will not reduce any federal debt or save the government one penny. It is purely a favor to corporate America. Luckily, it will not pass in the Senate.