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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Congresswoman Waters’ Statement on the President’s Budget, which Slashes EPA & Shuts Down CSB

March 17, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Waters’ Statement on the President’s Budget, which Slashes EPA & Shuts Down CSB

 

 

Washington, D.C.Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee and Torrance representative, released a statement today, after reviewing President Trump’s budget, which would shut down the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) and cut funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by more than 31 percent.  Her statement follows:

 

“I am appalled by this budget that proposes to shut down the Chemical Safety Board, which is currently investigating the causes of a 2015 explosion at the Torrance Refinery. The safety of the community surrounding this refinery is a very serious issue in my district.

 

“As Congressman Ted Lieu and I said in a follow-up letter to the Chemical Safety Board on March 1st, ‘The explosion nearly resulted in a catastrophic disaster that could have released deadly modified hydrofluoric acid (MHF) into the South Bay communities surrounding the refinery. Such a release could have resulted in over 100,000 deaths or injuries. Exactly two years later, an incident and fire occurred again at the Torrance Refinery, adding to a growing list of problematic incidents since February 2015.’

 

“We cannot allow the safety of people who live and work around industrial facilities like the Torrance refinery to be undermined by a budget that eliminates this critical agency.

 

“I am also appalled that the budget slashes funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by more than 31 percent.  This would leave the EPA completely unable to protect our air and our water from pollution by refineries and other industrial facilities around the country.”