SEEC Statement on the Clean Water Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 28, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) finalized the Clean Water Rule. SEEC Members released the following statement:

“For too long, many of our nation’s streams and wetlands have lacked clear protection under the Clean Water Act. Access to clean drinking water is a fundamental right of all Americans, and today’s Clean Water Rule will help protect drinking water for more than 117 million Americans. Based on public input, science, and the law, the certainty provided by this rule will also help support our economy, recreation, fishing, and healthy ecosystems. Many in Congress have proclaimed their support for clean water, while simultaneously voting to prevent the enactment of the Clean Water Rule. Let us be clear: a vote against the Clean Water Rule is a vote for dirty water. We appreciate the EPA and Army Corps’ work to protect clean water, and we look forward to working with them to ensure these protections are enacted and enforced.”

The Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) is a coalition of fifty –two Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives that was founded in January 2009 to be a focused, active, and effective coalition for advancing “policies that promote clean energy technology innovation and domestic manufacturing, develop renewable energy resources, and create green collar jobs throughout the product supply-chain, and polices to help arrest global warming and protect our nation’s clean air, water and natural environment.” SEEC is Co-Chaired by Reps. Gerald Connolly (D-VA), Paul Tonko (D-NY), and Doris Matsui (D-CA). SEEC Vice-Chairs are Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO), Steve Israel (D-NY), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Matt Cartwright (D-PA), and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA).

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