Carper to Question Christie Whitman Tomorrow on Administration’s Plan for Clean Air & EPA’s Support of Motiva Consent Decree

Carper to Offer Own Clean Air Legislation

Washington, DC- Senator Tom Carper tomorrow will question EPA Administrator Christie Todd Whitman in a hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Carper will ask Whitman about the Administration’s plans to protect our nation’s clean air future. Carper is the ranking Democrat on the Senate’s Clean Air, Climate Change and Nuclear Safety subcommittee, and has plans to reintroduce his bipartisan “4P Bill” later this Congress. The bill would place national caps on emissions from electric power plants, including carbon dioxide, and would clean up emissions without impeding economic growth. Carper has said that the Administration’s “Clear Skies” proposal pushed by the President fails to tackle serious threats to our nation’s clean air future and “does nothing to prevent global warming.” “The decisions we make this session will define our nation’s environmental and economic agenda for decades to come. By failing to tackle global warming, Clear Skies is clearly the wrong policy,” Carper said. “To be effective, any legislative plan must address greenhouse gasses such as carbon dioxide.” Carper will also ask for the EPA’s continued support in enforcing Motiva’s compliance with the original consent decree that requires a regenerative process to reduce air emissions of sulfur dioxide at their Delaware City Refinery. WHO: Senator Tom Carper, EPA Administrator Christie Todd Whitman and members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
WHAT: EPW Committee Hearing
WHERE: Dirksen Senate Office Building, SD-406
WHEN: Wednesday, February 26, 9:30 a.m.