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Dirty Water Bill Offers Senators a Choice

01 Dec 2011  |   Mike Palamuso

Tags: Clean Water

Guest blog from LCV Policy & Lobbying Intern Ashley Friedman:

The Senate may soon vote on a Dirty Water Bill offered as an amendment to H.R. 2354. Introduced by Senator John Barrasso [R-WY], this legislation would increase pollution in waters Americans count on by prohibiting the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers from issuing needed pollution safeguards under the Clean Water Act for small streams and wetlands. The polluter-driven Dirty Water Bill would toss out protections for waters that serve as drinking water sources for 117 million Americans as well as vital habitat for fish and wildlife. This blatant assault on clean water subordinates the interests of the general public to those of polluters.

The Dirty Water Bill is part of the Republican leadership’s larger string of attacks on public protections based on the false argument that health and environmental safeguards kill jobs and cause undue burden on businesses. In fact, the American public understands that poisoning our air and water won’t create jobs, but gutting safeguards that protect our health will put lives at risk.  We urge all Senators to oppose the Dirty Water Bill and instead support Americans’ right to clean water that won’t put their health at risk.   

For further information on the Dirty Water Bill, please see this fact sheet compiled by our partners in the conservation community. 

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