Saturday, October 17, 2009

the EPA to strengthen Clean Water Act enforcement

Since the EPA has been under heat recently for NOT punishing tens of thousands of violations of the Clean Water Act in the past 10 years, it's trying to make a comeback and vow for better enforcement.

The agency has not settled on a list of potential targets, but is likely to focus on mining companies, large livestock farms, municipal wastewater treatment plants and construction companies that operate sites where polluted stormwater has run into nearby lakes and rivers.

...One witness described the impact of those lapses. Judy Treml, of Wisconsin, told lawmakers that her 6-month-old daughter was hospitalized after drinking water that had become contaminated when a nearby farm covered its land with manure, which then seeped into her family’s well. One of the problems, lawmakers said, is that such pollution often goes unpunished or is outside the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. full article. full article

19 comments:

Alex said...

I don't see any middle ground between clean water and coal mining. It looks like it's one or the other. How many people are employed by coal mining companies and companies that use the coal (i.e. PG&E) across the U.S. ? SO MANY! The industry supports way too much of our country... such as employment and energy to our houses.
Before we strip the coal mining industry of their rights to use/destroy forests, mountains, and rivers, we have to create and allocate other jobs... GREEEEEEEEEEEN jobs - otherwise there is not enough backing from people and our representatives. We are heavily dependent on this industry. Want to help? Turn off your freakin' light when your not using it! You support more devastation to mamma Earth when you leave your light on.

Also, too bad Van Jones ain't in the house anymore : (

Check out ilovemountains.org for more info about the coal mining industry and the communities they effect.

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