Dingell and Pappas Introduce House Resolution to Defend Safeguards for Our Clean Water
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Chris Pappas (D-NH) led more than 75 of their colleagues in introducing a resolution calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to maintain and strengthen Clean Water Act protections following the Administration’s relentless attack on the landmark law.
Text of the Resolution is available here.
The Trump administration has made efforts to redefine the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act, severely limiting protections for critical streams and wetlands. In addition, the administration is proposing to roll-back numerous safeguards in the law, including efforts that limit toxic pollution discharge and prevent spills of hazardous substances. These actions have been criticized by stakeholders across the spectrum, including environmental, public health and sportsmen groups, businesses, environmental justice advocates, laborers, and many more, who believe this to be one of the biggest attacks on clean water and the Clean Water Act in its history.
“It was in my lifetime that our waterways were too polluted and dangerous to swim in, drink from, or be free of toxic contaminants,” said Rep. Debbie Dingell. “For nearly 50 years, the Clean Water Act has been bedrock environmental law that puts in place national clean water safeguards. However, in recent years the EPA has taken steps to threaten the Clean Water Act and jeopardize all the significant progress we have already made. Our call is for the EPA to strengthen – not weaken – requirements that keep our waterways clean and stop undermining efforts to safeguard all Americans.”
“When it comes to the health and safety of our nation’s waterways, there is nothing more foundational than the Clean Water Act. We cannot turn back the clock on the progress it has helped us realize,” said Rep. Chris Pappas. “The resolution we introduced today sends a clear message to this administration and the American people that we are committed to ensuring everyone has access to clean water. Whether it’s defending existing policies or implementing new protections, I remain committed to safeguarding our water, environment, and climate for future generations.”