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NRDC: Senate Right to Defeat Latest Attack on Our Public Health

WASHINGTON (June 9, 2011) – After the Senate today rejected an amendment by Senators Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., that would have resulted in drastic cutbacks to consumer protections, Scott Slesinger, legislative director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, made the following statement:

“We are pleased that the Senate rejected attempts to weaken the government’s ability to protect us from health and environmental threats we can’t combat ourselves – such as contaminated water, tainted food and airborne toxins.

“This one-sided accounting, considering costs while all but ignoring benefits, hurts the public, not helps it.  Americans rightfully expect more from their elected officials.”

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 2 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, and Beijing. Visit us at www.nrdc.org and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.

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