A bill proposed by Congressman Stephen F. Lynch, D-Boston, would suspend construction and the expansion of natural gas facilities in communities with unsafe air pollutant levels.
The proposed Natural Gas Pipeline Health Protection Act of 2017 would also require the enforcement of public health and environmental standards under the Clean Air Act and provide further protections for communities located near natural gas facilities.
“There are communities across the country, including in the district that I represent, that are already exposed to toxic levels of air pollutants and will be at increased risk of exposure once nearby natural gas facilities are built or expanded,” Lynch said in a written statement. “This is not complicated. If the air quality in a community already violates federal Clean Air Act standards, we should not be adding toxins to the air in that community.” (read more)
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