Strong funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, though bill contains harmful provisions that undermine Clean Water Act, other environmental protections.
ANN ARBOR, MICH. – The U.S. House of Representatives today approved its 2017 Interior-EPA funding bill, which contains funding for several core Great Lakes programs. The spending bill also contains several provisions that roll back environmental protections.
Commenting on the bill, Todd Ambs, campaign director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, said:
“Millions of people who depend on the Great Lakes for their drinking water, jobs, and way of life will benefit from these investments. While the bill fully funds the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, it unfortunately underfunds wastewater infrastructure improvements that are essential to our public health and economy. The bill also contains several very damaging provisions that weaken Clean Water Act and other environmental protections. We need both strong funding and effective policies to ensure that we protect our Great Lakes, drinking water, environment and economy. More >