Showing Support for the Clean Water Rule

Voices from all across the United States are calling out for the protection of clean water. Check out what folks are saying this week about the importance of clean and safe water in their lives! State’s economy needs Clean Water Rule – St. Cloud Times, 1/23 “More than half of Minnesota’s workforce is employed by the state’s 500,000 small businesses. That’s more than 1.2 million Minnesotans, many whose livelihoods depend on clean water. This includes many small businesses in tourism, recreation, agriculture and more.” A sensible presidential veto in the wake of a drinking water disaster – Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1/20 “The drinking water disaster unfolding in Flint, Mich., is a powerful reminder that strong environmental regulations are often vital public health safeguards as well. That’s why a presidential veto announced early Wednesday is worth commending.” Water is essential to life: veto on Water Rule bill warranted – Evangelical Environmental Network – 1/20 “All of life requires water, clean pure water.  It’s something we take for granted, but shouldn’t.  Dirty water, contaminated water, remains a constant threat we must work to ensure doesn’t harm our children and loved ones, as the terrible situation in Flint, Michigan, reminds us.”...

Cardin Applauds Obama Veto of Short-Sighted Attempt to Undercut Clean Water Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 20, 2016 CONTACT: Sue Walitsky/Marty Welch 202-224-4524 “The importance of our clean water laws should never be clearer. Common sense must dictate that enhancing fundamental protections for clean water is the only truly responsible course of action.” WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, today issued the following statement welcoming President Barack Obama’s veto of an attempt by congressional Republicans to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency Clean Water Rule, which clarifies Clean Water Act protections for small bodies of water and was shaped by historic levels of public input. “President Obama’s veto of the effort to undercut the Clean Water Act is both welcome and well-reasoned. The president clearly recognizes the value of the fundamental protections the act provides for our watersheds and communities, as well as the certainty the Clean Water Rule grants to businesses and agriculture. If ours is to be a country with safe drinking water, thriving fish and wildlife populations and a stable business climate, the Clean Water Rule must be allowed to move forward immediately. Simply put, the importance of our clean water laws should never be clearer. Common sense must dictate that enhancing fundamental protections for clean water is the only truly responsible course of action. The Clean Water Rule is carefully crafted guidance that reflects years of analysis, evaluation and public engagement by the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers. It was shaped by more than 1 million public comments and 400 field hearings and meetings across the country. It is a measure that guarantees every American...

Protecting Clean Water: The President Gets It – Clean Water Action statement

Washington – Last night the President vetoed S.J. Res 22, a “Resolution of Disapproval” under the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Clean Water Rule, the Administration’s landmark initiative to restore critical Clean Water Act protections to our nation’s streams, wetlands and other water bodies. Clean Water Action President and CEO Bob Wendelgass released this statement: “President Obama understands that it’s time to protect clean water. It’s sad that so many in Congress don’t get it. The commonsense restoration of clear safeguards to vital streams and wetlands was long overdue and much needed. Despite the deeply partisan attacks on these scientifically sound policies to protect the drinking water for more than 117 million Americans the President never wavered from supporting these needed protections. The President didn’t need a poll to tell him that Americans care about clean water – action to protect clean water was a priority for his administration from the start- but poll after poll has shown that vast majorities of people strongly support safeguards for streams and wetlands. Americans are sick and tired of the polluter powered agenda that persists in Congress and  I know that they join me and the more than one-million Clean Water Action members in thanking President Obama for protecting clean water.” To thank the President, visit this page. ### Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the...

President vetoes Congress’ attack on clean water – SELC

SELC applauds President Obama’s veto yesterday of Congressional attempts to block the Clean Water Rule. Earlier this year, Congress pushed through a Congressional Review Act “Resolution of Disapproval” of the rule, despite the guarantee of a presidential veto and broad public support for the rule. While the rule was being developed, more than 800,000 comments supporting the Clean Water Rule were submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers. The veto of this egregious attack will help protect the clean water of Americans across the country, including the 1 in 3 who get their drinking water from sources that will have clarified safeguards in place as a result of this rule. Nearly 20 million people in SELC’s six-state region receive some of their drinking water from areas containing these smaller streams, and upholding this rule is important to ensure clean water for our communities. Now that the veto is signed, Congress should be focusing on strengthening protections for our important water resources, instead of trying to weaken protections for the streams and wetlands that help provide flood buffers, important fish and wildlife habitat, recreation, and sources of drinking water. ### About Southern Environmental Law Center: The Southern Environmental Law Center is a regional nonprofit using the power of the law to protect the health and environment of the Southeast (Virginia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama). Founded in 1986, SELC’s team of nearly 60 legal and policy experts represent more than 100 partner groups on issues of climate change and energy, air and water quality, forests, the coast and wetlands, transportation, and land...

Obama Vetoes GOP bid to Kill Clean Water Rule – NRDC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:   Anne Hawke, 202-513-6263, ahawke@nrdc.org; or Elizabeth Heyd, 202-289-2424, eheyd@nrdc.org WASHINGTON (January 20, 2016) — President Obama has acted promptly to veto a measure passed by the Republican-led Congress designed to kill the Clean Water Rule. The following is a statement by Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council: “Thanks to President Obama’s leadership, polluters and their allies in Congress failed to undermine protections for water bodies that American families rely on for fishing, swimming, and drinking water.  We are enormously grateful for the administration’s work to develop and defend the Clean Water Rule from attacks that would weaken safeguards for clean water.” The Clean Water Rule, issued last year by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, restores protection under the Clean Water Act to lakes, streams and wetlands that help prevent flooding, filter pollution and supply one in three Americans with safe drinking water.  The vetoed legislation–a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act–would have blocked the rule and rolled back those protections. Based on the House and Senate votes on the resolution, Republicans lack the votes in either chamber to override the President’s veto. # # # The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 2 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, and Beijing. Visit us at www.nrdc.org and follow us on Twitter @NRDC....