White House Sits On Clean Water Act Guidance To Restore Protections to Waters of the United States
The following is a statement from Earthjustice Vice President of Policy and Legislation Marty Hayden:
“In April 2011, we applauded the Obama administration when it released a national framework for cleaning up our nation’s waters to affirm its ‘comprehensive commitment to protecting the health of America’s waters’ and a clean water guidance that the administration said ‘will protect waters that many communities depend upon for drinking, swimming, and fishing.’ When the EPA proposed that clean water guidance, a quarter of a million Americans commented to register their support and call on President Obama to finalize it quickly.
“Today, the final guidance still sits at the White House, where it’s been stalled for the last year. The election is over; it is time for the president to free this political prisoner and finish the job he started of protecting America’s waters and communities.
“We urge the president to follow through on his administration’s promise by finalizing this guidance immediately and continuing the work to fully restore our nation’s critical clean water protections, so that our families and kids can safely swim in, fish in, and drink from our waters.”
INFORMATION ABOUT THE GUIDANCE: http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/wetlands/CWAwaters.cfm
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