Washington - Today Clean Water Action called on the U.S. Congress to allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to close loopholes in Clean Water Act protection. At the same time, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate held a rare joint hearing on the proposal, which is overwhelmingly supported by over 800,000 commenters, including hundreds of local elected officials.
"Despite the overwhelming support from the public and elected officials, the majority leadership in Congress seems determined to cater to special interests like industrial agriculture and fossil fuels" said Robert Wendelgass, President and CEO of Clean Water Action. "Elected officials from Connecticut to California commented in favor of the proposal and asked the agencies to finalize an even stronger rule. "
WHAT: Clean Water Action will be honoring local environmental champions during #EarthWeek at its 29th annual conference, #Act4CleanWater, taking place Saturday, April 25 at Brookdale Community College. www.cleanwateraction.org/act4cleanwater
The awardees include:
LANSING – Today, leaders in Lansing introduced a package of bills that would increase Michigan’s renewable energy standard to 20 percent by 2022.
“Coming on the heels of Earth Day, this step forward in protecting and preserving our Great Lakes and environment for future generations is a welcome announcement,” said Nic Clark, state director of Clean Water Action. “We applaud our legislators for working to keep our communities healthy and strong.”
The bills contrast sharply with legislation introduced In March that would corrupt Michigan’s renewable energy standard by classifying burning hazardous waste like tires and trash as clean energy.