21 Jun '11, 10pm

Time to Stop Attacks on the Clean Water Act and Protect Americans' Top Environmental Priority

To quote Yogi Berra, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” After spending much of the spring attacking the Clean Air Act, several lawmakers in the House have now set their sights on the Clean Water Act. This latest onslaught puts lawmakers squarely at odds with the American people, who say in poll after poll that their number one environmental priority is clean water. And yet the introduction of H.R. 2018, slated for mark-up tomorrow in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, takes direct aim at the Clean Water Act. The bill, sponsored by Congressman John Mica of Florida, strips EPA of critical oversight authority that for decades has resulted in improved water quality across the country. And it’s not just Republicans leading the charge. Several Democrats, including Representatives Nick Rahall (W.Va.), Jason Altmire (PA) and Tim Holden (PA), have co-sponsored the l...

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