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Flake: EPA’s air-quality dealings with Arizona cost money, jobs

The EPA's strict enforcement of air-quality regulations in Arizona is stifling job creation and proving costly to businesses unable to meet the standards, U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake said Wednesday.... Read more»

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Sep 6, 2012, 6:53 pm
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The national clean air act promises clean, healthy air to all Americans, no matter where they live. It is disappointing that Congressman Flake, the ADEQ official and industry representatives quoted here do not appreciate or support that right.

Harmful soot air pollution that gets deep into our hearts and lungs is just as dangerous when it comes from the sand and gravel and mining industries as it is when it comes from power plants and refineries and vehicles.

There is no federal Environmental Protection Agency rule that controls farm dust from agricultural operations and there never has been.

But the Farm Bureau official is just flat out wrong about the science to insinuate that coarse soot pollution in Arizona is less harmful than in Boston or anywhere else, since it’s the size of the soot pollution and the ability to penetrate into the bloodstream, heart and lungs that causes the harm, not just the chemical composition of that soot. But even soot pollution in Arizona is made up of diesel pollution, pesticides and other chemicals that are harmful by their composition and size.

Congressman Flake voted for more bills this past year to weaken clean air health safeguards than any Congress has in the history of the nation. See http://democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/sites/default/files/image_uploads/Report_AntiEnv_06.18.12.pdf. That’s not the leadership Americans deserve in Washington.

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Sep 6, 2012, 9:08 pm
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Pollution pigs always plead poverty.

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U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks with business leaders on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in Phoenix about federal air-quality regulations.

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