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Hanabusa Amendment to H.R. 2018 - the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011

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Uploaded on Jul 13, 2011

Washington, D.C. -- H.R. 2018 -- titled the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011 by Republicans -- would amend the Clean Water Act to limit the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) authority to enforce clean-water standards in states.

"I do not support this bill. I believe undermining the Clean Water Act and limiting federal oversight of state clean water plans puts the public's health, economy, and environment at risk," said Congresswoman Hanabusa, member of the House Committee on Natural Resources. "Being an island state -- where we have farmers and fisherman who rely on clean water for their livelihoods, and where we are fortunate to be home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world -- we must ensure there are standards in place to guarantee that our bodies of water remain clean and safe for our communities."

Knowing House Republicans had enough votes to pass this bill, Congresswoman Hanabusa offered an amendment that will allow Congress to monitor states in order to guarantee they are doing their job in keeping effective water quality standards.

The Hanabusa amendment requires the Administrator of the EPA to submit to Congress within one year and then annually thereafter, a report on any increase in waterborne pathogenic microorganisms (including protozoa, viruses, bacteria, and parasites), toxic chemicals, or toxic metals (such as lead and mercury) in waters regulated by a State under the provisions of H.R. 2018, including any amendments to the bill.

The Republicans' only requested the amendment be altered to require the EPA to also report on any reduction in these toxins. It was then accepted by a voice vote.

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