23 Jun '11, 3pm

Have we mentioned that Congress is working their butts off to undermine the country's foundational environmental laws?

When in the sixties some states had stricter water pollution rules than other states, and industries moved from clean states to dirty states, loss of employment forced politicians to go to Washington and demand uniform national standards. To give up their rights, states settled for the fact that the federal government would have to pay a large portion (85%) of any new treatment requirements. The result was the Clean Water Act with its goal of swimmable fishable waters by 1983 and the elimination of all water pollution by 1985. The treatment standards were also supposed to be a technology based program by demanding best available sewage treatment. Congress specifically rejected a water-quality based program, as such a program would be too easy to manipulate and defeat the purpose of the Act. Unfortunately, when EPA implemented the CWA and set treatment standards for their N...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-06-23-congress-lets-just-r...

Tweets

Congress about to let agribiz get liberal—with pesticides: via @grist

Congress about to let agribiz get liberal—with ...

grist.org 23 Jun '11, 4pm

Photo: C.G.P. Grey I recently wrote about a quiet but vicious fight going on in Congress to restrict the EPA's ability to ...

EPA Tells It Like It Is on HR 2018--the Dirty W...

switchboard.nrdc.org 23 Jun '11, 8pm

A number of my NRDC Water Program colleagues are blogging on HR 2018 , reflecting its status as one of the worst dirty wat...

House Committee Rushes to Gut Clean Water Act -...

switchboard.nrdc.org 22 Jun '11, 8pm

blogged yesterday about the legislation, and we will continue to evaluate the bill as it gets hurried to the House floor, ...

Is the ‘Clean 15’ just as toxic as the ‘Dirty Dozen’?

Is the ‘Clean 15’ just as toxic as the ‘Dirty D...

grist.org 22 Jun '11, 1pm

Photo: Santiago Nicolau Cross-posted from Mother Jones . Recently, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its annu...

Time to Stop Attacks on the Clean Water Act and...

switchboard.nrdc.org 21 Jun '11, 10pm

To quote Yogi Berra, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” After spending much of the spring attacking the Clean Air Act, several...

Congress to Consider Big Oil's Demand to Allow ...

switchboard.nrdc.org 20 Jun '11, 4pm

It’s bad enough that Big Oil companies want to drill below the fragile and remote Arctic Ocean off the coast of Alaska. Bu...

Don't Water Down the Clean Water Act

switchboard.nrdc.org 23 Jun '11, 4pm

Here's an idea. Let's let the governor of West Virginia decide how much coal waste gets dumped into rivers flowing into No...

We are Denouncing the Underhanded Attempt to Gu...

nwf.org 22 Jun '11, 6pm

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee launched a legislative assault on the Clean Water Act as they passed H.R...

Has Obama lost environmental voters?

grist.org 23 Jun '11, 6pm

Al Gore’s Rolling Stone critique of President Obama’s failure to act on the climate crisis is further evidence of environm...

House Committee Launches Most Significant Attac...

switchboard.nrdc.org 21 Jun '11, 10pm

Not satisfied with merely trying to undo the Clean Air Act, the House of Representatives has now decided to attack the fed...