Action Alert: Congress Works to Reinstate Clean Water Act Protections

There is only one day left to call your Representatives, urging them to sign on to support a rule that would reinstate Clean Water Act protections! Some regulatory uncertainty has been created by recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions, and this rule would clarify and reinstate clean water protections under the Clean Water Act. 

The Clean Water Act was passed in 1972 to set standards on the cleanliness of the nation’s water supply. The act regulates everything from industrial discharges to waste water processing standards with the ultimate goal of keeping contaminates out of water. The Clean Water Act helps protect the Great Lakes and its tributaries, benefiting wildlife and people throughout the region.

Over the last few years, rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court have created confusion over the exact jurisdiction of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, lead by Dingell (MI), Slaughter (NY), and Moran (VA), will deliver a letter at the end of this week urging the EPA to act quickly in proposing a rule that would clarify their role in protecting the health of waterways within the United States. Please call your Representatives in Congress and ask them to join on in signing this important letter.

The EPA rule—commonly referred to as the Waters of the U.S. Rule—will re-establish protections under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands throughout the Great Lakes region and the nation. These protections are a critical component to safeguard the health of the Great Lakes for future generations.

You may contact your Representative via the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121

The deadline for sign-ons is Friday, December 13 and members can contact Neal Ullman in Rep. Dingell’s office to sign on.

You can see a list of representatives who have currently signed on: Waters of the US Sign on Names

You can read the letter that will be mailed to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy: Clean Waters of the US Dear Colleague

 

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