[audubon-news] Audubon Statement on Changes to Clean Water Act Rules

  • From: "BIANCHI, John" <JBIANCHI@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: #Audubon Board of Directors <IMCEAEX-_O=AUDUBON_OU=NATIONAL_CN=RECIPIENTS_CN=BoardOfDirectors@xxxxxxxxxxx>,#Audubon Staff <audstaff@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 8 May 2002 16:54:01 -0400

> Contact: Cristine Romano
> 202/861-2242
> cromano@xxxxxxxxxxx
> 
> 
> PERRY PLUMART, DIRECTOR, GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
> STATEMENT ON BUSH ADMINISTRATION CHANGE TO CLEAN WATER ACT RULES
> 
> Audubon Supports Legislative Fix to 'Stream Fill' Rule 
> 
> Washington, D.C. May 8th, 2002 --  Allowing mine waste to be used to bury
> streams makes it easier to blow the tops off of mountains, pollute rivers,
> and destroy the homes of songbirds and other wildlife forever.  This
> ill-conceived rule implemented by the Bush Administration accelerates the
> destructive practice of shearing off mountaintops to mine coal.
> 
> Mountain top mining has devastated bird, fish, and other wildlife habitat
> in Appalachia and obliterated more than 1,000 miles of streams in West
> Virginia and Kentucky.  Cerulean warblers, for example, are bearing the
> brunt of this violent practice: the warblers' key breeding area overlaps
> Appalachian coalfields, and their population has plummeted 70 percent
> since 1966.
> 
> This action by the Bush Administration is a gift to pro-mining interests.
> And it threatens all of our waters by opening up wetlands, rivers, lakes,
> and coastal areas to other kinds of waste -- even saying construction
> debris and garbage can be dumped in our waters.  
> 
> Audubon supports the bipartisan Clean Water Protection Act introduced by
> Reps. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) and Frank Pallone (D-N.J.).  The bill
> would prohibit unchecked waste dumping in America's waters by limiting the
> Clean Water Act's definition of 'fill material' so it excludes mining
> waste and other pollutants.
> 
> #  #  #

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