Vitter, Cassidy say regulations could kill jobs
BATON ROUGE - The Environmental Protection Agency wants to cut down on pollution and ozone levels, but some Louisiana congressmen said the proposal goes too far.
Senator David Vitter and Congressman Bill Cassidy were in Baton Rouge today. They call EPA proposals to cut pollutants job killers for our state.
"Your job could be on the bubble if they downsize or move overseas because of regulations," said Rep. Cassidy.
They said the reduction will be detrimental to Louisiana business, killing jobs in energy and possibly raising electricity and natural gas prices statewide. The congressmen said Louisiana is poised for economic boom in the energy industry and that jobs and infrastructure development could be in danger if the state can't meet federal regulations.
Not all agree. For two decades, Marylee Orr has fought to make Baton Rouge a healthier place to live in her work as executive director at Louisiana Environmental Action Network.
"I'm really happy the EPA wants to step up and take measures to protect human health," Orr said. "Increased asthma, cardiovascular problems, premature death. All factual events if ozone is at unhealthy levels."
The EPA is supposed to come out with its ruling on whether to cut emissions and by how much later this year. Senator Mary Landrieu said in a statement that she is asking EPA to delay the standards.