Half of our streams and waterways are already unable to provide what a hundred million people in America rely on them for: clean water. So why would legislatures refuse to support environmental regulation that could remedy this growing problem? We can thank the congressional members of the “Dirty Water Gang,” for shooting down another attempt to save our fouling waters.
In a vote last Friday, Amendment 12 of the House “Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriation Act” (H.R. 5325), failed, 139 to 245, with 47 representatives not voting. The amendment was introduced by Congressmen Jim Moran (VA) and John Dingell (MI) with much effort by President Obama, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to safeguard against the growing number of endangered U.S. waterways.
Americans have struggled for decades to get residuals from chemical plants, sewage treatment plants and other waste out of their surface water, yet 44 percent of our lakes, 37 percent of our rivers and 32 percent of our estuaries remain unsafe due to toxic water pollutants.