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Rep. Benishek Continues Assault on Great Lakes and Michigan’s Drinking Water

Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or

September 21, 2012  

WASHINGTON – On the heels of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters’ recent television ad campaign on Congressman Dan Benishek’s votes against clean water and the Great Lakes, Benishek (MI-01) doubled down today, casting yet another vote for legislation that would dismantle the Clean Water Act. Benishek did so by voting for the deceptively titled Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012, a broad environmental assault designed to weaken commonsense industrial pollution standards and roll back public health safeguards. Benishek’s vote is what you’d expect from someone with an abysmal 3% lifetime score on the League of Conservation Voters’ (LCV) National Environmental Scorecard.

“This vote is further proof that Dan Benishek is a rubberstamp for the extreme Republican leadership, and has turned his back on protecting clean water and the Great Lakes,” said Navin Nayak, LCV’s Senior Vice President of Campaigns.

The legislation voted on today simply repackages many of the same attacks on health and environmental safeguards that have been voted on time and again in the House of Representatives – votes that have made the current House the most anti-environmental in our nation’s history. 

In addition to including language from HR 2018 that would dismantle the Clean Water Act, the bill the House passed today nullifies the recently finalized fuel efficiency standards, overturns the EPA’s ability to reduce carbon pollution, blocks critical clean air safeguards, and leaves communities exposed to toxic chemicals like arsenic and mercury.

The Michigan League of Conservation Voters recently launched a $330,000 television ad campaign criticizing Benishek for his efforts to slash clean water standards protecting the Great Lakes, running two ads on broadcast and cable in the Traverse City and Marquette media markets. A new poll was released yesterday by LCV and MLCV that found Benishek trailing in his reelection campaign, with an approval rating of just 33%.

Last month, the national League of Conservation Voters named Rep. Benishek to its Flat Earth Five program, a campaign to defeat five House incumbents who deny the scientific consensus on climate change. More information about the Flat Earth Five can be found online at

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

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