The Clean Water Protection Act (H.R. 1310) is necessary to protect clean drinking water for many of our nation’s cities. It is also necessary to protect the quality of life for Appalachian coalfield residents who face frequent catastrophic flooding and pollution or loss of drinking water as a result of mountaintop removal.
From the east coast, to the west coast, to the states where it’s taking place, Americans want an end to mountaintop removal coal mining. On May 4, 2007, the Clean Water Protection Act was introduced in to the 110th Congress with 55 original co-sponsors. Because Representatives from around the country received thousands of letters from people like you, it ended last session with a record 153 bipartisan co-sponsors.
Building on that momentum, and with a friendlier administration and Congress, we have a real chance to pass the Clean Water Protection Act in the 111th Congress. On March 4th 2009, Congressmen Frank Pallone of NJ, John Yarmuth of KY, and Dave Reichert of WA introduced H.R. 1310 with 117 original co-sponsors in the 111th Congress; that’s more than twice what it had at the beginning of last session!