A Dark Day Indeed: U.S. House Abandons Decades-long Committment to Cleaner Water

Editor’s note: This post was updated with new links on 7.18.11

So, the U.S. House passed HR 2018 today, the bill its sponsors bragged was the “Rein In EPA” Act.  Let’s make sure it doesn’t get any further.

It just became easier to pollute our water

The final tally was 239 voting for this “dirty water” bill and against water and health protection. 184 voting for clean water and against this radical rollback.

Here’s Clean Water Action’s take, direct from the organization’s President, Robert Wendelgass:

Congress passed the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972 because they knew that dirty water harms people’s health, undermines strong economies and kills jobs.

This bill is a vote to return to the days of inadequate state and local laws that led to rivers on fire and streams running with untreated sewage.

House leaders drafted HR 2018, the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011, in a fit of pique over certain EPA actions taking on the devastation of mountaintop removal coal mining and other pollution problems. Clean Water Action’s Lynn Thorp called the bill “a temper tantrum in writing.”

The bill’s passage is only the first round in what is shaping up to be a Summer of Dirty Water, with more attacks on environmental and health protections already on the way.

Why would so many Members of the House step up to do the bidding of Dirty Coal, Big Oil and other polluters? This 239-member Dirty Water Caucus is now on record placing polluter profits above the public’s health and our clean water.

Will we let them get away with it?

Not a chance. The grassroots campaigns to defeat the dirty water measure in the Senate and to defeat all 239 of its Dirty Water Caucus supporters when they seek reelection in 2012 are already ramping up.

Are you on board? This is a battle we can win with your support.

Where to start? Check out the “donate” button at the top of this page. That would be a great way to get things rolling. Then visit the Clean Water Action website to send an e-mail to your Representative and Senators. Information will be up soon on just who made those Dirty Water votes. Let’s send them packing.

Posted on July 13, 2011  | Filed Under Healthy, Safer Families and Communities, Protecting America's Waters | Comments Off

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