The Kalamazoo River has been on the National Priorities List for Superfund cleanup since 1990. Why is it still an 80-mile long Superfund site?
Maybe it has something to do with Fred Upton and his GOP allies blocking the EPA's elevation to cabinet level status in 1994.
Maybe it has something to do with Fred Upton and his GOP allies deciding in 1995 to end the excise tax on crude oil, imported petroleum products, and hazardous chemicals that had paid for the program since its creation in 1980. The result is that the American taxpayers, rather than corporations responsible for the pollution, now pay for cleanup.
Maybe it has something to do with Fred Upton and his GOP allies repeatedly voting to defund the EPA and now supporting President Trump's EPA killing budget proposal.
A Congressional Representative with 30+ years of seniority, who chaired the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and who cares about the cleanup of a toxic site can spur action forward. Representative Upton's public statements of concern for the site are at odds with the reality of his actions.
If we want clean water and neighborhoods free of toxins, we have to repair the damage caused by the poor judgment of Upton and his colleagues in 1995. We have to restore funding to the EPA. I have had enough of elected officials whose actions do not align with their words.
Join the movement and we will reject corporate puppets and replace them with representatives who #CantBeBought! It's time for a Brand New Congress in the Brand New Year!