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

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