Target: Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, Chairman of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee
Goal: Protect our smaller bodies of water from industrial pollution
Companies are polluting wetlands and streams, and are getting away with it because these bodies of water are not clearly defined as being protected under the Clean Water Act. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are proposing a rule to clearly define the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act, giving them the power to regulate streams, wetlands, and other small bodies of water that are currently unprotected. However, the House of Representative recently passed a bill that could undermine efforts to protect our waters. This bill threatens to override the newly proposed rule and severely limit the powers of the EPA and Army Corps to protect our waters.
The Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act prohibits the EPA and U.S. Army of Engineers from developing, finalizing, adopting, implementing, applying, administering, or enforcing the proposed rule to protect small bodies of water. The bill also requires the EPA and Army Corps to go through multiple channels just to develop recommendations for a regulatory proposal. If this bill becomes a law, the EPA and Army Corps will not be able to effectively protect our waters because they will be trapped in bureaucratic limbo.
The EPA and Army Corps currently do not have regulatory authority over these smaller bodies of water, and companies are taking advantage of that by polluting them. This has to stop. We need to protect our water sources and the wildlife that make these areas their home from environmental ruin. Sign this petition to urge the Senate to vote ‘no’ on the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act.
Dear Senator Cardin,
A bill recently passed by the House will prevent the EPA and Army Corps from having regulatory authority over smaller bodies of water like streams and wetlands, which house wildlife, and in some cases, feed into larger bodies of water that provide our drinking water. If this bill becomes law, companies will continue to pollute our waters without oversight or consequence.
I urge you, Chairman of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, to vote against the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, and to advise the other members of the Senate to do the same.
[Your Name Here]
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