Moran Praises Recent Progress on Clean Water Issues
Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment, praised the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed ruling today that they will go forward with regulations making clear what bodies of water are protected by the Clean Water Act (CWA). This follows years of debate over whether smaller streams and headwaters can be protected from pollution by the EPA.
“117 million Americans depend on drinking water that comes from headwaters and seasonal streams, the waters most at risk of pollution and degradation,” said Rep. Moran. “Clarifying which streams receive protection under the CWA puts the federal and state governments in a position to protect drinking water for millions of Americans.”
Last week, a Federal District Court in Pennsylvania affirmed that pollution limits set by the EPA in the Chesapeake Bay watershed under the CWA in December 2010 were within the agency’s scope. The decision put the six states in the Bay watershed, including Virginia, on a clear path to meet these limits by 2025.
Moran had previously led 76 Members of the House of Representatives in sending a letter to President Obama calling on the Administration to protect nearly 60 percent of our waterways left vulnerable under the CWA by two confusing Supreme Court rulings. Moran has used his position on the Interior Committee to prevent efforts to strip funding from the CWA and roll back other environmental protection regulations in this policy area.