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If Benishek Had His Way, Clean Water Act Safeguards Wouldn’t See Their 40th Anniversary

Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or

18 Oct 2012  

WASHINGTON – On the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today reminded voters of Rep. Dan Benishek’s assault on the environment, including his vote to dismantle the landmark legislation. The Clean Water Act, passed by Congress on this day in 1972, set a national goal to eliminate all water pollution.

“Congressman Benishek voted to dismantle the Clean Water Act, which would threaten the Great Lakes and endanger public health,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Senior Vice President for Campaigns.

Benishek voted for the so-called Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011, legislation that would dismantle the Clean Water Act.  The legislation would threaten waterways Americans depend on for swimming, fishing, and drinking by crippling the EPA’s ability to set water quality standards.

Benishek has a lifetime score of just 3% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. The non-partisan LCV National Environmental Scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental and clean energy issues. For more information, visit

In July, LCV named Benishek to its $2 million “Flat Earth Five” program, which aims to defeat five climate change deniers in the House of Representatives this election cycle. More information about the Flat Earth Five can be found online at

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