Senator Pat Toomey pushes EPA on water rule

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 4, 2014 2:39 AM

(Washington) -- Industry groups and more than a dozen GOP senators are urging the Obama administration to reconsider its plan to assert regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands.

They say the proposed rule hurts economic activity and oversteps legal bounds.

Senators are faulting the Environmental Protection Agency for announcing a proposed rule before the government's peer-reviewed scientific assessment was complete.

Pennsylvania's junior U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and other lawmakers have sent a letter to EPA chief Gina McCarthy,  calling on the government to withdraw the proposed regulation or give the public more time to review the plan.

Several groups, from farmers to Western governors worried about drought management,  in expressing concern about a long-running environmental issue.

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Comments: 2

  • Larry img 2014-04-04 18:05

    Senator Toomey is not working for his constituents or the long term good of business, capitalism, or democracy. His only concern is for the short term wealth of the oligarchs

    We as Pennsylvanians, want a strong EPA that provides the cleanest water, air, and soil. We want good water and air management that includes waste water, chemical run off, and CO2 emissions. We want clean air free of ozone and excess carbon dioxide. We want our endangered species protected

    The republican core value of low taxes and deregulation is not documented. In fact the academic and professional documentation show tax reduction and deregulation does not create jobs, but lessens investment in infrastructure, education and job training, and the quality of life.

    These things are good for the long term growth of business and the health and lives of Americans, reduce costs, and provide a quality of life that attracts business development.

    Low taxes and deregulation for job creation only creates disasters.

  • Nathan Richard Sooy img 2014-04-04 19:32

    Restoring this protection would take us closer to the way that the Clean Water Act operated under Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. The Act was seriously broken and weakened under President George W Bush. Thanks to the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers for finally announcing critical steps to fix the mess the George W Bush Administration made of the Clean Water Act.

    I urge the EPA to finalize a strong rule to clarify that all streams, wetlands and other water resources are protected under the Clean Water Act. Every body of water in the USA is important and needs protection.

    Nathan Sooy
    Clean Water Action

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