Clean Water at Risk: Take Action to Oppose H.R. 2018
Op-Eds Opposing H.R. 2018
The Clean Water Act (CWA) is one of our nation's most important environmental protection laws—helping to ensure that rivers, streams, lakes and bays are protected from pollution regardless of state and regional boarders. It provides a consistent national framework so that polluters cannot simply move upstream to a state with weak regulations, only to send pollution downstream to states with strong water protection laws. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a long history of partnering with states, resulting in dramatic improvements in water quality across the nation. This is all threatened by H.R .2018, the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011.
If enacted, H.R. 2018 would stop the EPA from carrying out its mandate to protect America's rivers, streams and waterways under the CWA, reversing years of progress. It would move decision making authority regarding water pollution from the EPA to the states—setting up a patchwork of policies and putting all our waters at risk.
H.R. 2018 passed the House by a vote of 239-184. However, the Obama administration has issued a statement of opposition on the bill, noting that the measure would “significantly undermine the Clean Water Act and could adversely affect public health, the economy, and the environment.”