The Clean Water Act – Final Thoughts as EPA Public Comment Period Ends

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letter_to_the_editorimageThe Clean Water Act has brought progress to the Hudson River, but in order to continue the Hudson on the path to success we must protect all the waterways in New York. A loophole in the Clean Water Act has left more than 55% of New York’s rivers and streams, including many that feed into the Hudson, vulnerable to pollution. All of New York’s waterways deserve protection.

Fortunately, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed restoring protections to all of the state’s waterways this past March. After almost eight months and two comment period extensions in the face of bitter opposition, the public comment period will come to a close this Friday, November 14th.

In these last couple of days, the submission of public comments is essential as powerful polluters are waging an acrimonious campaign against the EPA’s rule. Despite this bitter opposition, nearly 740,000 supportive comments were delivered to EPA officials in Washington D.C. last month, including more than 35,000 collected by New Yorkers.

If we push back against polluters in these last couple of days we can restore safeguards to all of the waterways that support strong local economies and make our state beautiful.

Environment New York thanks EPA for taking the steps needed to protect New York’s precious waterways. I encourage every New Yorker to actively side with our state’s waters before the end of the public comment period.


Sarah Vitti
Environment New York

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