Congress working to restore full strength to Clean Water Act

WASHINGTON, DC — For 31 years, the Clean Water Act protected all of the nation’s waters, as Congress had intended when it was first enacted. But since 2003, when the Bush administration gave in to polluter pressure, nearly 60% of the nation’s streams have been at risk, including 48% of those in Michigan. Now, in the month that we celebrate Earth Day, and in the face of climate change and global warming, a key congressional committee has taken up up the proposed Clean Water Restoration Act, which, if passed, would echo the intent of the original bill.

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source: Detroit Free Press

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  1. Peter Maier says:

    Nobody should be surprised since EPA never implemented the Clean Water Act, because it used an essential water pollution test incorrectly and as a consequence ignored all the pollution caused by nitrogenous (urine and protein) waste, while this waste like fecal waste exerts an oxygen demand and in all its form is a fertilizer for algae and aquatic plants.

    After EPA acknowledged the problems with the test in 1984, it allowed an alternative test and thereby officially ignored the nitrogenous waste pollution in sewage and lowered the goal of the CWA from 100% treatment to a measly 35% treatment, without even informing Congress and this while we still can not evaluate the correct treatment of a sewage treatment plant and what its effluent waste loading is on receiving water bodies.

    Want to know more visit and read in the technical PDF section the description of the BOD test and what the consequences are as still applied worldwide.

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