To my friends flogging the Herseth Sandlin = California liberal meme, please explain this one: not only does South Dakota's Congresswoman buck good sense and back Monsanto's small-farm-destroying alfalfa, but she also gets on board with House arch-conservatives Michele Bachmann, Marsha Blackburn, Joe Barton, and others to oppose the EPA's effort to regulate coal ash as a hazardous waste. (A PDF of the July 29 letter SHS signed is here.)
The Sierra Club says that around the 2000-some coal ash sites around the country, you can find heavy metals seeping from the coal ash into water supplies, putting people (not spotted owls or snails, but people) at risk of cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities, and other maladies. Hmm... sounds pretty hazardous to me.
But SHS and Michele Bachmann and friends are worried that EPA regulation could cause "stigma and related liability concerns" on companies that want to make money from coal ash.
You know, actually, if someone's trying to sell me toxic waste, I'd like them to have a little stigma. If their toxic waste causes cancer, they ought to have a little liability.
If you think Congresswoman Herseth Sandlin is wrong on coal ash, perhaps you'd like to contact the EPA: they're taking comments right now on the issue.
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