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Elaine Chao on Environment

Secretary of Labor (Pres. Bush Cabinet)

 


Environmental regulations create roadblocks and delays

While Chao's speech was short on specifics, the secretary again touted the potential benefits of turning certain public assets over to the private sector, arguing it "better protects the taxpayers by identifying and mitigating risk." Chao also praised the directive coming from the administration toward streamlining environmental regulations, which at times, she said, create "roadblocks and delays that hold up infrastructure for years, even decades."
Source: Transport Topics (TTnews.com) on 2017 Trump Cabinet , Oct 23, 2017

2000 slurry spill: $5600 fine; then $100,000 GOP donation

Upper Big Branch mine operator Massey Energy has also realized the investment value of buying friends in high places. Back in 2000, Massey was responsible for a coal slurry bill in Kentucky that was three times larger than the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The company very successfully limited the damage--not to the environment, but to its bottom line. According to a Mine Safety and Health Administration engineer investigating the spill, once Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell's wife, Elaine Chao, became secretary of labor--the labor department that oversees the MSHA--she put on the brakes. Two years after the spill, Massey was assessed a slap-on-the-wrist $5,600 fine. The same year, Massey's political action committee donated $100,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which McConnell chaired from 1997 to 2000. Cozy.
Source: Third World America, by Arianna Huffington, p.146 , Sep 2, 2010

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