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Lynn Thorp 202-895-0420
Act In Wake of Leaked EPA Memo
Clean Water Act Violations Ignored By Bush Administration
Washington, DC – A leading public interest group called on Congress to act immediately on the proposed Clean Water Restoration Act after it was revealed in a government memo today that enforcement of the federal Clean Water Act was suffering.
The Washington Post reported today that a memo by Granta Y. Nakayama, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance outlines confusion that has afflicted federal wetlands protections since a new permitting guidance from the administration went into affect following a Supreme Court decision.
The Post reported that in his memo to Benjamin Grumbles, EPA's assistant administrator for water, Nakayama said the EPA’s June 2007 guide to regulators' decisions is having "a significant impact on enforcement." Nakayama and his staff concluded that between July 2006 and December 2007, EPA's regional offices had decided not to pursue potential Clean Water Act violations in 304 cases "because of jurisdictional uncertainty," the Post reported today.
Waters covering 59 percent of the nation’s waterways that are the drinking water source for more than 100 million people were put at risk by federal agency policies put into place after a series of court decisions followed by federal agency actions in 2003 and 2007 resulted in removal of many wetlands and streams and other bodies of water from protections under the nation’s 35-year-old Clean Water Act.
Washington Post article:
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