Congresswoman Bustos threatening the Rock River

We should be doing everything we can to protect the Rock River. Unfortunately, it seems that Congress, including U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, is doing everything it can to put our waterways in jeopardy.

Congress just voted to bar the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from restoring protections of the Clean Water Act to more than half of the nation’s rivers and streams, including 56 percent of Illinois’ rivers, left in limbo for nearly a decade after a pair of Supreme Court decisions created a loophole in the law.

EPA has proposed a rule to close this loophole and again safeguard under federal law the state’s smaller headwaters and streams. Thousands of Illinoisans have already commented in favor of the rule, but polluters have waged a bitter fight against it.

So, instead of siding with our local waters, like the Mississippi and Rock rivers and the Illinoisans who love to fish and boat in them, Congress and Rep. Bustos have sided with the polluters. That’s a real disappointment.

Wouter Hammink
Environment Illinois

From the Sept. 17-23, 2014, issue

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