Target: Loretta E. Lynch, Attorney General of the United States
Goal: Ensure states are following federal water regulations to ensure Americans have access to clean water.
New federal water regulations have recently been set in place that will better ensure all Americans have access to cleaner water. Yet, some federal judges are helping states to block these regulations, supporting big businesses over the health and safety of citizens. Something needs to be done before excessive amounts of pollution soon infiltrate many of America’s waterways.
The rule known to some as the Waters of the United States falls under the 1972 Clean Water Act, which was set in place for the same reason—in order to ensure large bodies of water remain as clean as possible. Such enforcements are important, as the most recent available data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that there were 1,040 people who became ill, 85 people who were hospitalized, and nine people who died in the United States as a result of contracting waterborne diseases.
Some farmers are afraid that if such rules were to be set in place, they would be required to pay for more environmental assessments and—in turn—would be forced to obtain more permits in order to legally perform certain farming duties. However, it clearly states otherwise on the EPA website, explaining, “The rule does not protect any new types of waters, regulate most ditches, apply to grid water, create any new permitting requirements for agriculture, or address land use or private property rights.”
Sign this petition and demand these regulations be followed. If they are ignored, it is likely my health and yours that will suffer as a result of using dirty water.
Dear Madam Attorney General Lynch,
Some states are choosing not to follow the new federal water regulations. If they are allowed to ignore the Clean Water Rule, many important bodies of water may soon be grossly polluted.
As you know, the water rule known to some as the Waters of the United States would only serve to uphold the Clean Water Act of 1972. It is important to maintain these regulations so that all Americans are guaranteed access to clean water, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent Morbidity and Mortality report links U.S. waterborne illnesses to several sicknesses, diseases and deaths.
If the EPA is required to uphold what is stated on their website as far as what the new rules will not impose, farmers and other business owners should not encounter any problems in relation to the stated regulations.
For all of these reasons, I urge you to take an active role in supporting the new Waters of the United States regulations. While it is important for states to maintain authority on certain issues, no state should have the right to deny clean water to any American.
[Your Name Here]
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