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Winning Issue » CLEAN WATER ACT


The 1972 Clean Water Act protects all our nation's waterways from pollution. The Act's original goals were to totally eliminate chemical discharges into our lakes, rivers and streams by 1985. The Clean Water Act gives our EPA broad jurisdiction in setting water quality standards. It enforces these standards by penalizing those responsible for pollution and helping states construct water treatment facilities. However, for the past couple of decades, the quality of our nation’s waters has been getting worse not better. An EPA report found that the majority of our streams can't support healthy aquatic life. It reports that 55% of our waterways are in “poor” condition and another 23% are just “fair.” Only 21% of our rivers are considered “good” and “healthy” -but this number has been steadily declining. Stormwater run-off is responsible for some of this pollution. However, the millions of gallons of toxic waste water generated each day from hydrofracking operations have contaminated many groundwater supplies. Fracking fluids are sometimes reused and pumped back into the ground during new fracking operations, but a growing amount is being stored in evaporation lagoons. These open pits can leach contents into groundwater supplies, spill into waterways or degrade air quality. The fracking industry is not regulated under the provisions of the Clean Water Act due to an exemption awarded it by the Bush administration. Advocates say this industry should be held accountable for any environmental damage or adverse health effects caused by fracking operations.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.1093 - Clean Water Compliance and Ratepayer Affordability Act of 2015
H.R.1482 - Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2015



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current Clean Water Act policy and wish to defeat H.R.1093 - Clean Water Compliance and Ratepayer Affordability Act of 2015 and H.R.1482 - Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support repealing the exemption for hydraulic fracturing in the Safe Drinking Water Act to include the underground injection of fluids or propping agents pursuant to hydraulic fracturing operations related to oil, gas, or geothermal production activities; disclosing the list of chemicals intended for use in any underground injection during such operations, including identification of the chemical constituents of mixtures, Chemical Abstracts Service numbers for each chemical and constituent, material safety data sheets when available, and the anticipated volume of each chemical, and wish to pass H.R.1482 - Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Fred Upton (MI) and/or Rep. Diana DeGette (CO), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support directing the EPA to carry out a pilot program to work with municipalities that are seeking to develop and implement integrated plans to meet their wastewater and stormwater obligations under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, and wish to pass H.R.1093 - Clean Water Compliance and Ratepayer Affordability Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Bob Gibbs (OH) and/or Rep. Steve Chabot (OH), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support repealing the exemption for hydraulic fracturing in the Safe Drinking Water Act to include the underground injection of fluids or propping agents pursuant to hydraulic fracturing operations related to oil, gas, or geothermal production activities; disclosing the list of chemicals intended for use in any underground injection during such operations, including identification of the chemical constituents of mixtures, Chemical Abstracts Service numbers for each chemical and constituent, material safety data sheets when available, and the anticipated volume of each chemical, and wish to pass H.R.1482 - Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Fred Upton (MI) and/or Rep. Diana DeGette (CO), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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