13 Jul '11, 11pm

House Votes to Roll Back Clean Water Act

I n a 239 to 184 vote, t he U.S. House of Representatives voted today to roll back key provisions of the federal Clean Water Act by passing H.R. 2018 , formally known as the “Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011.” We call it the “Dirty Water Act.” As my colleagues and I have pointed out (here , here and here ), this bill creates disastrous consequences for water quality across the country. “Shortsighted” and “reckless” are words that immediately come to mind. As EPA has warned , H.R. 2018 “overturn[s] almost 40 years of federal legislation by preventing EPA from protecting public health and water quality.” The bill stems from its sponsors’ distaste for EPA's recent important efforts to protect water quality in West Virginia and Florida . In essence, the bill takes the “federal” out of the federal Clean Water Act by allowing states to veto EPA water quality decisi...

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