Ken Tingley’s July 8 column about the “resignation” of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is excellent. Everyone who has not read it should find it and read it. All voters in the 21st Congressional District should save a copy and read it on Nov. 6 before going off to vote.
The column refers to the bad air and polluted rivers of years ago. Some of us remember photos of Pittsburgh, but you couldn’t actually see Pittsburgh. We remember industries in the Midwest creating acid rain that affected the Adirondack Park’s trees and lakes.
Legally dumping coal dust and other debris into rivers and streams in coal mining areas like Kentucky, home of the Senate Majority Leader, is supported by our congressional representative. I hope the lead mines in Essex County aren’t re-activated.
As the column points out, our representative issued a statement supporting Pruitt’s resignation, but the statement is generally limited to Pruitt’s naughty actions and not his removal of many of the agency’s regulations that help us live and breathe. The new administrator is a former coal industry lobbyist.
The representative’s claim that she supports environmentally favorable proposals is tricky. She says the proposals have to be consistent with helping the economy. This allows her to vote against clean air and water laws. Actually, the Adirondack Park and other nearby spots that benefit from favorable environmental laws are a great help to the district’s economy. The vast tourist industry is linked to the park, lakes and attractions. No one comes to visit a coal-fired power plant or a black stream.
Walter J. Law, Glens Falls