2011 Scorecard Vote
Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA) sponsored H.R. 2250, the so-called EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011, which would indefinitely delay long-overdue air pollution control standards for industrial boilers and incinerators, which act as small, in-house power plants and emit toxic air pollution including mercury--a potent neurotoxin especially dangerous to pregnant women and children--and cancer-causing dioxins. These facilities are the nation's third largest source of mercury emissions. Every year these standards are delayed would mean up to an additional 8,100 premature deaths, 52,000 asthma attacks, and 5,100 heart attacks. On October 13, the House passed H.R. 2250 by a vote of 275-142 (House roll call vote 791). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate has taken no action on H.R. 2250, though numerous Senate bills have been introduced containing language attacking toxic air pollution standards for industrial boilers, including S. 1786, which the Senate rejected on November 3 (Senate roll call vote 196).