** ACTION ALERT **
Congress From Rolling Back Clean Water & Other Vital Protections
(Beyond Pesticides, November 9, 2005) Multiple bills are being considered in both houses of Congress that would remove pesticides from the Clean Water Act and allow the President or EPA to waive or weaken any other environmental, health, civil, and tax laws not only in the Gulf Coast, but anywhere in the country. These bills could move at any moment – please contact congress today!
The bills introduced in Congress would roll back the powers of the Clean Water Act to safeguard waterways against pesticides as well as allow a whole range of laws to be waived under the guise of rebuilding in the Gulf region. Hard-fought laws that protect workers, public health and the environment like the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Civil Rights Act and others could be waived without explanation or public input. Big taxpayer giveaways are also included.
In the aftermath of a disaster like Katrina, the people of Louisiana and the Gulf region need strong health and safety protections now more than ever and deserve the same as the rest of the country. They should not be made to choose between clean water and a rebuilt home, they deserve both! These bills are a shameless exploitation of the Gulf tragedy and a total disregard for the need to reduce environmental toxins.
ACTION NOW: Your voice counts and is needed!
Tell Congress to “VOTE NO” on roll backs in the Clean Water Act (CWA) that would remove pesticide applications from its purview and “NO” to any bill that waives environmental and other laws that protect communities and future generations from polluted air, contaminated drinking water, dangerous waste disposal, lost species, race discrimination, inhumane wages, and other degradations.
Dear Honorable Member,
“Public Health and Environmental Equity Act”- introduced in the House by Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA) and Rep Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and in the Senate by by Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Richard Durbin (D-IL)