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Landmark Clean Water Act Turns 40 But McMahon’s Extreme Proposal Would Cripple It

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 that if Linda McMahon’s extreme proposal to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency were enacted, then the landmark legislation protecting our water would no longer be enforced. The Clean Water Act, passed by Congress on this day in 1972, set a national goal to eliminate all water pollution.

“McMahon’s proposal to eliminate the EPA is so extreme that it would render historic laws like the Clean Water Act useless,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Senior Vice President for Campaigns.

McMahon has said she would consider abolishing the EPA, the agency in charge of enforcing the Clean Water Act. McMahon’s extreme proposal would also undercut other critical environmental laws, such as those limiting life-threatening and air protecting Connecticut families’ drinking water. At the same time, her tax plan would give the biggest oil companies $2.3 billion in new tax breaks.

LCV Action Fund has launched a mail program that includes six flights of mail highlighting McMahon’s extreme proposal to dismantle the EPA while standing up for the interests of Big Oil.

McMahon is also part of LCV’s trademark “Dirty Dozen” program, which targets candidates for Congress — regardless of party affiliation — who consistently side against clean energy and conservation and are running in races in which LCV has a serious chance to affect the outcome. Since 1996, 60 percent of the “Dirty Dozen” have been defeated.

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