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Boehner cuts EPA funds, cuts regulations, then blames Obama for chemical leak

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH)
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH)
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Last week a state of emergency was declared for several counties in West Virginia affecting 300,000 people because of a chemical spill into the Elk River.

The chemical leaked is 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol, which is used in the froth flotation process of coal washing and preparation by Freedom Industries whose storage facility was last inspected in 1991, and the source of the leak.

In the last 5 years that Obama has been President, Republicans in Congress have done all that they could to loosen regulations for hazardous waste, and to make it harder for the EPA to protect our nation’s water and air. Republicans have even gone as far as calling for the abolishment of the EPA.

23 years since the plants last inspection, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) held a press conference today, where he mentioned the chemical spill and the storage facility, and then he had the audacity to say the blame for the leak falls on President Obama and his administration, while adding that we should not be in a rush for calls of further regulations.

“The issue is this, we have enough regulations on the books,” Boehner remarked. “What the administration ought to be doing is actually doing their jobs. Why wasn’t this plant inspected since 1991?”

“I am entirely confident that there are ample regulations already on the books to protect the health and safety of the American people,” Boehner added. “Somebody ought to be held accountable here.”

“What we try to do is look at those regulations that we think are cumbersome, are over-the-top and are costing our economy jobs. That’s what our focus continues to be.”

On the very same day that the chemical leak occurred in West Virginia, Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans passed a bill overhauling the country's hazardous waste laws. Less regulations.

Speaker Boehner knows that the Republican Party calls to end the EPA, gutting its funding, loosening regulations, and passing legislation on the very same day of the chemical leak to loosen even more regulations on hazardous chemicals and waste, needed to be buried, so he blames Obama for his own reckless actions.

Republican John Boehner is doing all he can to spin the facts and bury his dirty laundry, and 300,000 people in West Virginia would like to offer him some water while he's digging.

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