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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 accomplishments:
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 "one-size-fits-all" regulations.
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.
California Bay-Delta 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.