President Obama rang in the New Year with important action to protect environmental and public health, and rebuild our economy on a stronger foundation. On Tuesday, the President returned to his desk and signed a number of bills passed into law by Congress, five of which help ensure Americans can enjoy clean air, safe drinking water, and healthy wildlife.
These bills will curb lead levels in water pipes, a major source of harmful lead exposure for children, and help address diesel engine pollution that is linked to serious health conditions like asthma and heart and lung disease. They also hold the Federal Government accountable for the water pollution it contributes to American communities; encourage volunteer opportunities in National Wildlife Refuges; and help conserve vulnerable shark populations. These measures are just the beginning of what we can accomplish in 2011. We look forward to a year of continued progress toward a healthy and prosperous future for our country.
The President signed the following environmental bills into law on Tuesday:
Nancy Sutley is Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality