To the Editor:
Air and water pollution make people sick. The pollution flows across state boundaries, so we need a national agency to control it. This need was recognized during the Nixon administration, when the Environmental Protection Agency was started.
The EPA is unpopular among those who generate pollution, because meeting the requirements of EPA regulations often makes the operations of the business less profitable. The polluters have been pleased with the administration's appointment of Scott Pruitt as head of the agency. Pruitt made a career out of opposing EPA regulation, and he is in perfect position to keep the agency from doing its job. With the support from polluters' friends in Congress, Pruitt drastically has cut the EPA's budget and loaded EPA's advisory panels with people from the regulated corporations.
But congressional opponents of environmental protection were not satisfied with rendering the EPA ineffective. Rep. Matt Gaetz from Florida introduced H.R. 861. The whole text of the bill is this statement: "The Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018." If this bill becomes law, there no longer will be a national attempt to control or even measure the pollution of our air and water.
If you want air fit to breathe and water fit to drink, make it clear to the federal government that you will not tolerate unlimited pollution of our environment.