By Lynn Thorp, Campaigns Director - On Twitter (@LTCWA)
Our approach to drinking water protection - “Putting Drinking Water First” - feels light years away from the crisis in Flint, with seemingly nothing to offer based on what we have learned about the causes of this situation. Over 100,000 people are unable to use their tap water. Flint already had high levels of lead-poisoned children. Now those numbers have doubled. A Legionnaire’s disease outbreak may well be related. All because officials put the bottom-line first.
"Putting Drinking Water First”, exactly what officials didn't do in Flint, is animated by our belief that we can make smarter choices that will benefit us while keeping contamination out of our drinking water. It's focused on the need for 21st century thinking about how we handle pollution issues in a more integrated fashion. Ultimately, it’s optimistic thinking about making smart choices.
Unfortunately, we don't always do that.
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:
On January 19, 2016 President Obama vetoed a resolution from Congress that would have repealed new, commonsense policies to better protect streams and wetlands from pollution.
Small streams and wetlands are vital because they feed into our nation’s rivers, lakes and bays and are sources of drinking water for 1 and 3 Americans.
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