15 Jun '11, 3pm

Dirty Water Bill passed out of committee, likely be voted on by full House. Call your Rep! Protect your clean water

Dirty Water Bill passed out of committee, likely be voted on by full House. Call your Rep! Protect your clean water

Specifically, the bill attacks the shared responsibility between the states and the federal agencies for clean water. This careful balance allows states to take most of the responsibility for clean water programs, but ensures that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sufficient oversight to make sure citizens in all states have similar access to clean and safe water. As an example, the bill removes the EPA’s authority to object to state-approved permits under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), which was put in place to manage discharges of pollutants into our water. The EPA would also lose its ability to revise state water quality standards when those standards fail to protect clean water without approval from the states.

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