|Posted:||November 19, 2021 11:22 AM|
|From:||Representative Kristine C. Howard|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Empowering the Attorney General to Pursue Polluters|
|Our current laws do not afford us the ability to fulfill the Pennsylvania Constitution’s right to clean air, pure water and the protection of our natural resources.
Without a referral from a local district attorney, the Department of Environmental Protection or another agency with jurisdiction, the Attorney General’s office cannot pursue bad actors who pollute and contaminate our air, water, and natural resources. This is why I plan on introducing companion legislation to Sen. Santarsiero’s SB655, SB656, and SB657, which would provide the Attorney General with concurrent jurisdiction in environmental crimes under Pennsylvania’s Solid Waste Management Act, Clean Streams Law, and Safe Drinking Water Act, respectively.
Please join me in ensuring environmental bad actors are held accountable and in protecting our beautiful commonwealth.
Introduced as HB2117
|Description:||The first bill is a companion to SB655, which will amend the Solid Waste Management Act to provide the Attorney General with concurrent jurisdiction in related environmental crimes.|
Introduced as HB2118
|Description:||The second bill is a companion to SB656, which will amend The Clean Streams Law to provide the Attorney General with concurrent jurisdiction in related environmental crimes.|
Introduced as HB2119
|Description:||The third bill is a companion to SB657, which will amend the Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Act to provide the Attorney General with concurrent jurisdiction in related environmental crimes.|