BOSTON—Today the House and Senate enacted S.2303 An Act relative to mercury management, which environmental groups decried as a mercury-products industry wish list, and a weak nod to the regional goal of virtual elimination of mercury pollution.
“If the industry wish list is a ‘1’ and the environmental community’s wish list is a ‘10’, this bill comes in at about a ‘3’,” said Elizabeth Saunders, Massachusetts Director for Clean Water Action. “Reducing mercury pollution is an important public health problem and the women and children of Massachusetts deserve better protection than the Massachusetts legislature has provided with this bill.”
Providence – Last week, the Providence City Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to clarify which small streams and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act. Clean Water Action applauds the Council and thanks Councilman Seth Yurdin for introducing the resolution (read the resolution here).
“We need more leaders like Councilman Seth Yurdin and his fellow city council members. EPA’s proposed standards are strong, commonsense, and put drinking water first,” said Jamie Rhodes, Rhode Island director for Clean Water Action, “This resolution shows that, despite what we are hearing out of Congress, there are elected officials who are willing to stand with their constituents instead of the deep pocketed polluters.”