Senators Menendez and Lautenberg today blocked President Bush’s nominee to an Environmental Protection Agency post, saying the administration wants to restrict public access to toxic chemical information in their neighborhoods.
The senators said they placed the hold because of Bush’s proposal to dismantle the toxic chemical “Right to Know Act” that Lautenberg authored in 1986. The senators say the changes would deny thousands of U.S. communities — 160 in New Jersey — full information about the release of hazardous toxic emissions in their neighborhoods.
The Bush administration announced last year that it planned to ease rules on reporting legal toxin releases as a way to reduce the regulatory burdens on companies. This would be a good place for Junior to start distancing himself from the Bush Administration, but i wont get my hopes up.