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III. New Community -
The Environment & Public Health
"Preserving the environment is at the core of everything we have to
do in our own country. Building businesses, creating jobs, fighting
crime and drugs and violence, raising our children to know the
difference between right and wrong, and restoring the fabric of
-- President Clinton
April 21, 1994
President Bill Clinton is making common sense reforms in environmental
programs to make them work better and cost less.
He is working hard to protect our families' health and to provide
lasting economic opportunities for generations to come -- and standing
up to those who would roll back the clock and eliminate public
health and environmental standards. Following are a few of his major
Reinventing Environmental Regulation. On March 16, 1995, the
President announced a comprehensive set of 25 actions to make
environmental protection work better and cost less. The
President is cutting red tape associated with complying with
environmental standards by 25 percent and giving a 6 month enforcement
grace period for small businesses who act in good faith.
Northwest Forest Plan. The President's plan is putting
Northwest communities back to work again, while conserving ancient
forests for future generations.
Common Sense Initiative. As part of the President's drive to
make government work for people, the Environmental Protection Agency
launched this initiative to make health protection
cleaner, cheaper and smarter by focusing on results rather than
Community-Right-to-Know. The President expanded the program
that requires companies to disclose information about toxic releases in
their area, putting power back into the hands of the people.
Water Agreement. After decades of conflict, the Clinton
Administration negotiated a consensus plan to protect the most valuable
economic and environmental resource of the state of California. The San
Francisco Bay and Delta estuary supplies drinking water to two-thirds of
Californians, provides irrigation for 45% of America's fruitsand
vegetables, and supports 300 aquatic species.
Recycling. President Clinton signed an executive order to
promote recycling, cut solid waste and create jobs.
Protection for the California Desert. President Clinton
fought for, and then signed, the California Desert Protection Act, the
largest single designation of parks and wilderness areas ever in
the lower 48 states.
Environmental Technology. The President's environmental
technology initiatives are creating jobs for American workers and
encouraging innovative new solutions to tough environmental problems.
Air Pollution. The Clinton Administration is acting on the
principle that people should have clean air to breathe. These actions
include an unprecedented measure to reduce by 90 percent the toxic air
pollutants emitted from chemical plants by 1997.
Restoration of the Everglades. The Clinton Administration
formed a partnership with the State of Florida that broke a six-year
legal logjam that has allowed the state to get on with the task of
restoring the unique Everglades.
Wetlands Reform. The President reformed the wetlands program
to cut red tape, increase fairness and flexibility for landowners, and
protect and enhance the nation's wetlands. On March 6, 1995, the
Administration announced a new policy that will allow a couple to build
or expand a home without a wetlands permit.