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Friday, November 14, 2014

Senator Toomey, Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation Members Urge Federal Agencies to Abandon Controversial Waters of the U.S. Rule

Senator Toomey, Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation Members Urge Federal Agencies to Abandon Controversial Waters of the U.S. Rule

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, along with U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and eight additional Members of the Pennsylvania Delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives, today voiced strong concerns with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) proposed “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule that would dramatically expand the scope of federal authority over water and land uses in the United States.

The letter was submitted today to EPA and USACE ahead of the closing of the public comment period, which is midnight on Friday, November 14. In the comments, the Members contend the rule jeopardizes Pennsylvania’s ability to manage its own water resources and would impose devastating impacts upon a wide range of economic activities across the state.

“The proposed rule is of great concern to the citizens of Pennsylvania because it will have significant impacts upon the commonwealth’s economy and ability to continue regulation, per the Clean Water Act,” the letter states. “The rule as proposed disregards the long-standing federalist approach empowered within the CWA and would expand federal jurisdiction far beyond the long-held intent of Congress and numerous Supreme Court rulings.”

Enacted in 1972, the CWA was created as a partnership between the states and the federal EPA, in order to better manage identified pollution sources, through a range of pollution control programs. The Members stated the prosed rule is a direct threat to the long-standing federalist approach empowered within the CWA.

“Through a strong state-federal regulatory partnership that provides adequate flexibility to address water quality while accounting for local and regional variations and conditions, Pennsylvania has demonstrated a successful track record of improving and protecting the ecological health of its waters,” the Members wrote. “The proposed rule fails to clearly define where the federal government’s jurisdiction stops, which is a fundamental threat to the CWA’s state-federal partnership and poses devastating impacts on Pennsylvania’s ability to manage its own water resources effectively.”

As the comments state, “Due to the fundamental flaws within the proposed WOTUS rule, we urge the Agencies to immediately vacate the rule and begin to address, within their statutory authority, the underlying programs prior to any further rulemaking attempts.”

The Members signing today’s letter include U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and U.S. Representatives Glenn Thompson (PA-05), Joe Pitts (PA-16), Jim Gerlach (PA-06), Tim Murphy (PA-18), Tom Marino (PA-10), Lou Barletta (PA-11), Mike Kelly (PA-03), Scott Perry (PA-04), and Keith Rothfus (PA-12).

Click here to view the letter and submitted comments.



4 comments :

Anonymous said...

It just doesn't surprise me that Rep. Martin Causers signature doesn't appear on this letter. Just what exactly does Rep. Causer do for us aside from publicity opportunities?

Anonymous said...

From the article:

"“Through a strong state-federal regulatory partnership that provides adequate flexibility to address water quality while accounting for local and regional variations and conditions, Pennsylvania has demonstrated a successful track record of improving and protecting the ecological health of its waters,”

What a crock of shit. The entire state of PA was declared a superfund site thanks to our government's responsible management of Coal Mining.

How they can say this with a straight face is beyond me.....

ALso, this....I see these protest letters a lot from politicians, but I never ever see any specific details about the exact provisions they're unhappy with.

Could our politicians please stop hiding behind obfuscating language and give real policy discussions instead of non-specific platitudes?

Anonymous said...

These are federal legislators, Mr Causer works in the State legislature.

But never fear, in terms of environmental support, Mr Causer has a grand total score of 0 when it comes to protecting the environment. Your greed and recklessness is safe with him.

Anonymous said...

The American people have spoken: Let us drink toxic water! Right up the GOP agenda. Do away with the EPA. Yep..you get what you pay for.