DEAR EDITOR:

Rep. Barry Loudermilk has cosponsored a bill to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency. This is a horrible idea that threatens America’s safety.

The EPA was established by Republican President Richard Nixon in 1971 to protect Americans from dangerous pollutants. The EPA establishes safe toxin levels, monitors hazardous discharges and ensures they are cleaned up when found. It sets and enforces common safety rules throughout the United States. If this responsibility were left up to the states, how do we ensure Alabama’s smokestacks and waste discharges don’t threaten our air and water?

In Georgia, more than 16 superfund sites have been found and managed by the EPA. The EPA plays a critical role in the safety of everywhere we work and play.

I am an airline captain. Can you imagine ending the FAA’s issuance of pilot licensing and medical standards and turning them over to states. Or what if aircraft safety inspections were conducted by countries we fly to? Pretty preposterous isn’t it?

Rep. Loudermilk’s zeal to eliminate government erases our environmental safety instead. We must speak out to ensure we have good leaders to improve, not remove our government.

Jeff Joslin

Atlanta (11th Congressional District)

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