Yesterday evening, the House of Representatives passed The Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act (HR 2018), a bill that turns back the clock 40 years on the environmental and public health protections in the Clean Water Act. This brazen attack on public protections is the closest big industrial polluters have ever come to completely gutting laws that protect Americans' ability to access clean water. Colorado Democratic Rep. Jared Polis perhaps said it best: Let’s not fool ourselves, the bill before us today isn’t just about the role of federal government, the bill isn’t just a push for state sovereignty; rather, this …
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JW Randolph is the Legislative Associate for Appalachian Voices, currently working in Washington DC to pass the Clean Water Protection Act (HR 1310) and Appalachia Restoration Act (S 696) to limit mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia.