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- From: "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 14:28:37 -0500
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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Alito Confirmation is a Major Setback for Public Health, Environment
Clean water cases could be first test of Alito's Supreme Court stance
January 31, 2006 Contact:
Glenn Sugameli or Cat Lazaroff, 202-667-4500
Washington DC - Today, after heated debate, Judge Samuel Alito Jr. was
confirmed by the Senate to a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court. Forty
Democrats, one Republican, and one Independent voted against Judge
Alito's nomination. Judge Alito's confirmation poses an immediate
threat to America's commitment to protecting safe drinking water and
the health of the vast majority of our creeks, streams and wetlands.
"Earthjustice is profoundly disappointed that the U.S. Senate
confirmed Judge Alito," said Earthjustice Executive Director Buck
Parker. "We knew going in that this was an uphill battle. But the
stakes were too high for us to stay out of the fight. The American
public needed to know about Judge Alito's record of siding with
polluters over communities."
Judge Alito received more "no" votes than any other confirmed Supreme
Court nominee in the last 100 years except Justice Clarence Thomas.
Earthjustice and more than 60 other conservation groups urged the
Senate to oppose the confirmation of Judge Alito due to concerns that
he would roll back protections for public health and the environment.
That threat is not hypothetical. By June, Justice Alito will have a
chance to rule on two cases that could result in the loss of clean
water protections that America has relied upon for more than 30 years.
Earthjustice has filed a "friend of the court" brief in these cases on
behalf of eight environmental groups, joining an unprecedented array
of local, state, and federal government officials, hunting and fishing
advocacy groups, scientists, and others in supporting protections for
all our nation's waters.
Judge Alito's record includes decisions that threaten environmental
laws passed by Congress, and the ability of citizens and government
agencies to ensure that these laws are enforced. His position on l
Congress' constitutional authority to pass laws that protect the
health and welfare of ordinary Americans could radically undermine the
fundamental safeguards that communities depend upon to protect them
from toxic pollution.
From the committee hearings to the Senate's floor debate to editorials
and media coverage across the country, Judge Alito's extreme record on
environmental safeguards was a major point of contention. Many
senators, including more than a dozen who had voted to confirm Chief
Justice John Roberts, cited issues that had been raised by
Earthjustice and other environmental groups in their decisions to
oppose Judge Alito.
"We're grateful to the principled Senators who opposed Alito's
confirmation," said Glenn Sugameli, Senior Judicial Counsel at
Earthjustice. "Their commitment to protecting the rights and
protections of all Americans will certainly be remembered."
While Earthjustice and other conservation groups expressed concerns
about the record of Chief Justice John Roberts, none took a position
on his confirmation. In fact, Judge Alito was the first Supreme Court
nominee environmental groups had opposed since Judge Bork in 1987.
For more information on Judge Alito's record, visit:
Alex J. Sagady & Associates http://www.sagady.com
Environmental Enforcement, Permit/Technical Review, Public Policy,
Evidence Review and Litigation Investigation on Air, Water and
Waste/Community Environmental and Resource Protection
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