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Flint Riverkeeper opposes HR 2018

 The Flint Riverkeepers hope proposed revisions to the Clean Water Act will not happen.

While touring the Flint River, the Riverkeepers spoke out against the changes, calling it the Dirty Water Bill.

Under the Clean Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency controls pollution and monitors water quality across the country.

House Resolution 2018 takes the EPA out of the picture, and shifts regulatory power back to the states.

That would mean states would assume responsibility for protecting waterways.

"While that may sound good, many states, including Georgia, do not do a very good job in a lot of instances, properly maintaining good, clean, fishable, drinkable, swimmable water. And we need that federal oversight," says Gordon Rogers, Flint Riverkeeper. 

Lawmakers defend the resolution saying it's designed to protect states from the EPA imposing unnecessary federal standards on states for water quality under the Clean Water Act.

 

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