Action Alert: Vote Expected Tuesday Threatens the Clean Water Act

On Tuesday we expect the House of Representatives to vote on the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act (HR 1732)—a bill that would set back efforts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps to provide strong Clean Water Act protections around the country. We wrote about this bill at the end of April when we thought a vote was going to come up. If you have not already done so, please urge your members of Congress to oppose this bad bill.

The EPA and Army Corps have proposed the Protect Clean Water rule to clarify the extent of the Clean Water Act and provide protections for small streams and wetlands that more than 30 million people in the eight Great Lakes states rely on for drinking water. The Act requires the EPA and Army Corps to withdraw their proposed rule—which has already been through an extensive stakeholder review process—so that another stakeholder process can be undertaken and another rule written.

We believe that Congress should let the current process finish. Substantial feedback was gathered during the rulemaking process and Congress will also have an opportunity to weigh in once the rule has been finalized under the Congressional Review Act. Please urge your members of Congress to oppose this bad bill.

The following members are particularly important: Rep. Robin Kelly in Illinois; Rep. Tim Walz in Minnesota; Reps. Kathleen Rice and Sean Maloney in New York; and Rep. Marcia Fudge in Ohio.

You may contact your Representative via the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121

Talking Points:

  • This legislation is unnecessary and delays important protections for the Great Lakes
  • The Clean Water Protection Rule is an important step in protecting and restoring the Great Lakes because protecting wetlands and streams is critical to protecting the Great Lakes
  • We are already seeing restoration progress in the Great Lakes because of the GLRI: the Clean Water Protection Rule will support Great Lakes restoration efforts and ensure that restoration gains are protected so that as we take one step forward we aren’t also taking two steps back.

Further information can be found in this letter, which you may use in communication with members or as talking points.

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