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    This page contains letters signed by elected officials, usually written to the President or relevant members of Congress.

04-SEN1 on Apr 1, 2004

Letter: a letter from 45 Senators to EPA
Source: Letter from 45 Senators to EPA
To: Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Dear Administrator Leavitt:

We are writing to urge you to take prompt and effective action to clean up mercury pollution from power plants. The EPA’s current proposals on mercury fall far short of what the law requires, and they fail to protect the health of our children and our environment. We ask you to carry out the requirements of the Clean Air Act to protect our nation from toxic mercury contamination.

On January 30, 2004, EPA proposed two alternative rules to address mercury emissions. Unfortunately, both of these proposals fail to meet the Clean Air Act directives for cleaning up mercury. EPA's proposals permit far more mercury pollution, and for years longer, than the Clean Air Act allows.

The toxicity of mercury has been proven time and again by scientists around the world. The Agency's own scientists just released a study finding that approximately 630,000 infants were born in the US in the 12-month period, 1999-2000, with blood mercury levels higher than what is considered safe. This is a doubling of previous estimates.

The newest scientific studies show that controlling mercury emissions works. As we saw in Florida, sharp reductions in mercury pollution are mirrored by reductions in nearby fish populations. A study in northern Wisconsin indicated that reductions in the input of mercury from air corresponded with marked reductions in mercury fish tissue levels in the 1990s.

As the Administrator of the EPA, you have the legal authority and the responsibility to address mercury emissions and protect public health. We do not believe that EPA's current proposals are sufficient or defensible. We urge you to withdraw the entire proposed rule package and re-propose a rule for adequate public comment that meets the terms of the 1998 settlement agreement and is promulgated by the December 15, 2004 deadline.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 8. Question 8: Human needs over animal rights Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Environment
  • Headline: EPA must do better on mercury clean-up (Score: -1)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 8.
  • Headline: EPA must do better on mercury clean-up (Answer: C)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 8 on Environment: Which of the following statements comes closest to your personal view?
    • A: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity
    • B: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity, but should be somewhat protected
    • C: Natural resources should be mostly protected, but also exist for the benefit of humanity
    • D: Natural resources exist on their own and should be completely protected
    • E: Unsure


  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 04-SEN1

Daniel Akaka s1sHI Democratic Jr Senator (Retiring) 
Jeff Bingaman s1sNM Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Barbara Boxer s1sCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Maria Cantwell s1sWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Tom Carper s1sDE Democratic Sr Senator 
Hillary Clinton s1sNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Jon Corzine s1sNJ Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Tom Daschle s1sSD Former Democratic Senator 
Mark Dayton s1sMN Democratic Governor 
Chris Dodd s1sCT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Richard Durbin s1sIL Democratic Sr Senator 
John Edwards s1sNC Former Democrat Senator; retired to run for President, 2004 
Russell Feingold s1sPOTUS Democrat 
Dianne Feinstein s1sCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Bob Graham s1sFL Former Democratic Senator; retired 2004 
Tom Harkin s1sIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Fritz Hollings s1sSC Former Democratic Sr Senator; retired 2004 
Daniel Inouye s1sHI Democratic Sr Senator 
Ted Kennedy s1sMA Democratic Senator (until 2009) 
John Kerry s1sMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Herbert Kohl s1sWI Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Frank Lautenberg s1sNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Patrick Leahy s1sVT Democratic Sr Senator 
Carl Levin s1sMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Barbara Mikulski s1sMD Democratic Sr Senator 
Patty Murray s1sWA Democratic Sr Senator 
Bill Nelson s1sFL Democratic Sr Senator 
Mark Pryor s1sAR Democratic Sr Senator 
Jack Reed s1sRI Democratic Sr Senator 
Harry Reid s1sNV Democratic Sr Senator 
John Rockefeller s1sWV Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Paul Sarbanes s1sMD Former Democrat Senator (Retired 2006) 
Charles Schumer s1sNY Democratic Sr Senator 
Debbie Stabenow s1sMI Democratic Jr Senator 
Ron Wyden s1sOR Democratic Sr Senator 



Republicans participating in 04-SEN1

Lamar Alexander s1sTN Republican Sr Senator 
Lincoln Chafee s1sRI Former Republican Senator (Lost re-election, 2006) 
Susan Collins s1sME Republican Sr Senator 
Judd Gregg s1sNH Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
John McCain s1sAZ Republican Sr Senator 
Olympia Snowe s1sME Republican Sr Senator 
John Sununu s1sNew Hampshire Republican 



Independents participating in 04-SEN1

Joe Biden s1sDE Vice President 
Jim Jeffords s1sVT Former Independent Senator (retired 2006) 
Joseph Lieberman s1sCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 35
Republicans: 7
Independents: 3


















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