Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte), the Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, praised the public release of the final Clean Water Protection rulemaking by the Obama administration. This rulemaking fulfills the requests of members of Congress, state and local officials, industry, agriculture, and environmental organizations to clarify the scope of Clean Water Act protections over our nation’s rivers, streams, and wetlands.
Sixty-six percent of California’s streams, including those that feed into the Pacific Ocean, will regain federal protections under a final rule signed today by top Obama administration officials. The Clean Water Rule restores Clean Water Act safeguards to streams and wetlands that have been vulnerable to development and pollution for nearly ten years.
“I oppose this bill because it simply does not work. The sponsors of this bill claim it will not kill the ongoing rulemaking, but only tell the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA to do the rulemaking over again. Yet, just two weeks ago, House Republicans voted to prevent the agency from taking any action to change the current rules. So, which is it
On April 29, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Justice, and the State of California will a nnounce a Clean Water Act settlement with Lehigh Southwest Cement Co. and Hanson Permanente Cement Inc. to protect water quality in Permanente Creek and San Francisco Bay