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E-M:/ ALERT: DEFEND THE CLEAN WATER ACT



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Enviro-Mich message from "Megan Owens" <meo@umich.edu>
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**********ALERT - CALL the EPA TODAY - WEDNESDAY APR. 3rd**********

Please call the office of Christine Whitman, Administrator of the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency at 202-564-4700 and tell her to STOP TRYING
TO FOOL US ABOUT THE FILL RULE OF THE CLEAN WATER ACT!

BACKGROUND:
The Bush administration is about to change Clean Water Act rules to allow
wastes – including mountaintop removal coal mining waste, hardrock mining
waste, construction and demolition debris, and other industrial wastes – to
bury streams, wetlands, lakes, rivers, ponds and other water bodies around
the country.  This new rule change would overturn a 25-year old regulation
that forbids the use of wastes to fill and bury waters.  The Bush
administration is saying they will make this change in clean water
regulations in April to allow wastes to bury waters.

In an attempt to avoid public criticism of this outrageous assault on
the nation’s waters, EPA officials have been telling the public that
this major shift in national clean water policy is really no big deal
and won’t really threaten the nation’s waters.  Well, the truth is, this
is one of the most significant – and worst – changes in Clean Water Act
rules in years and will put virtually all of the nation’s water at risk.

We need to tell the EPA: Stop trying to fool us about the fill rule!
Make sure you leave a message for the Administrator!  (If you can't get
through there, you can also leave a message for her with Linda Fisher,
Deputy Administrator at 202-564-4711 or try the Office of her Chief of
Staff, Eileen McGinnis, at 202-564-6999.)

Give her the message:
- Burying waters under mountains of waste would change a 25 year old
regulation and is contrary to the Clean Water Act.

- The change in the definition of "fill" to allow the Corps to permit
industries, like the mining industry and others, to dump waste in our waters
is significant, not a minor, rule change.

- Please do not change the definition of "fill" to allow waste dumps to
bury waters.

For more information visit http://www.cwn.org/docs/whatnew/whatnew.htm


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               Megan Owens
Field Director               734-662-6597
PIRGIM                    MOwens@pirg.org
              www.pirgim.org
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