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E-M:/ URGENT--ACT NOW TO DEFEND THE CLEAN WATER ACT



------------------------------------------------------------------------- Enviro-Mich message from Bethany Renfer -------------------------------------------------------------------------
URGENT!!!!!
ANTI CLEAN WATER RIDER ATTACHED TO APPROPRIATIONS BILL
Please take a moment to call!

Thanks to everyone who has been working diligently to defend the Clean Water Act here in Michigan.  A special thanks to those that wrote earlier this year to challenge the DEQ to put out a more complete list of impaired waters in Michigan.  Our Clean Water Action outreach staff has been out pounding the pavement  encouraging Michiganians to write their lawmakers on this important issue.  Since mid-April lawmakers have received over 14,000 letters from their members here in Michigan.  Unfortunately, this could all be for naught unless we act NOW!

A rider blocking EPA from administering a key Clean Water Act program was slipped into the emergency supplemental portion of the Military Construction Appropriations conference report some time this week.  This rider is intended to kill the EPA proposed rule that will improve implementation of the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program of the Clean Water Act.  Both Houses of Congress have now voted to pass this bill. The House voted last week and the Senate voted Wednesday night.

The TMDL program is a key component of the Clean Water Act designed to restore polluted rivers, lakes and coastal waters. Presently, more than 20,000 individual river segments, lakes and estuaries are not meeting basic water quality uses, such as swimming, fishing, drinking water supply, or aquatic habitat. Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) are part of the Clean Water Actís strategy for attaining and maintaining water quality standards in polluted waters. The TMDL program requires that states identify all sources of pollution that impair the uses of a waterbody and ensures that responsibility for reducing pollution is fairly allocated. The proposed rule would help set that process in motion by requiring implementation plans, schedules for listing of polluted waters, improved water quality information, consistency of data, and expanded public participation in the process. Clean Water Action considers this rider to be an attack on the Clean Water Act that will block a critically important effort to clean up our nationís waterways.

THE ONLY HOPE TO STOP THE TMDL RIDER NOW IS TO CALL FOR A VETO.
Here are the places to call to demand a veto.

VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE
202/456-2326 General
202/456-6605 Ron Klein, Chief of Staff
202/457-7030 Beth Viola, Environmental Advisor
White House COUNCIL ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY (CEQ)
202/456-6224 George Frampton, Chair
202/395-5750 Gabriel Tenzer and other CEQ staff
WHITE HOUSE
202/456-1414 General Comment
202/456-6798 John Podesta, Chief of Staff
OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT & BUDGET (OMB)
202/395-4840 Jack Lew, Director
202/395-4852 John Spotila, Head of OIRA
202/395-4790 Elizabeth Gore, Office of Legislative Affairs

Any questions, please contact me.
Bethany Renfer
Program Coordinator
Clean Water Action
(517)337-4447
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