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Estrada and the Environment

Senators, national conservation groups cite environment as reason to oppose nominee to key court

May 5, 2003

Contact:Glenn Sugameli, 202.667.4500, x. 221

Washington, DC-- More than 15 Senators have recognized the high stakes for a wide range of environmental protections in announcing their opposition to the pending lifetime DC Circuit Court nomination of Miguel Estrada. The Senate will vote tomorrow on whether to cut off debate on this nomination to the appeals court that has exclusive authority to rule on whether to enforce or strike down most national environmental safeguards.

Issues raised by the Senators include legal challenges to some of the nation’s most important environmental statutes, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. [For a list of Senators who have addressed environmental issues in floor speeches regarding Mr. Estrada, including relevant excerpts, click here