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

Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or

October 18, 2012  

WASHINGTON – On the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today reminded voters of Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle’s (NY-24) assault on the environment, including her 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.

“Congresswoman Buerkle voted to dismantle the Clean Water Act, which would threaten New York’s waterways and endanger public health,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Senior Vice President for Campaigns.

Buerkle 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. Buerkle has also repeatedly voted to gut the Clean Air Act.

LCV last week launched a new $200,000 television ad campaign against Buerkle for her awful environmental voting record and for siding with Tea Party extremists like Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh on climate change. The ad also hits Buerkle’s votes to block rules limiting toxic mercury pollution that causes birth defects, respiratory illnesses and premature deaths.

Buerkle has a lifetime score of just 9% 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 Buerkle 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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