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2010 FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA ITEMS:

Beach Protection Act (H.R. 2093-Pallone / S. 878-Lautenburg)

Communities throughout New York and Connecticut are blessed with access to hundreds of ocean, estuarine, and Great Lakes coastline beaches. Beaches provide important economic benefits, as well as valued recreational opportunities and irreplaceable family experiences. Unfortunately, degraded water quality at many of our beaches severely limits access, and threatens public health. Polluted runoff from over-development and sewage pollution from dilapidated infrastructure fouls beaches with bacteria and pathogens that make swimming unsafe. To protect beachgoers, the legislation requires monitoring, public notification, source tracking, sanitary surveys, and prevention efforts to address the identified sources of beach water pollution.
CCE’s memo of support for the Beach Protection Act of 2009

Clean Water Restoration Act (S. 787-Feingold)

The Clean Water Act (CWA) was passed almost 40 years ago, and promised to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the waters of the United States. The CWA has done a great deal to protect the nation’s lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands from unregulated pollution and destruction. Despite progress since the adoption of the CWA, the health of our waters remains threatened by pollution and habitat destruction. Supreme Court decisions (SWANCC 2001, Rapanos/Carabell 2006) and subsequent federal guidance changes, have limited and confused the scope of federal protection for our nation’s waters. CCE supports restoring the intent of the Clean Water Act to protect all waters of the United States.
CCE’s memo in support of the Clean Water Restoration Act

No Subsidies for Nuclear or Fossil Fuel Power

CCE opposes dispensing taxpayer dollars that saddle our economy to fossil fuels and nuclear power, which does not advance our nation’s sustainable energy future.
CCE’s memo in opposition to taxpayer subsidies for nuclear power and fossil fuel energy infrastructure

Plastic Bag Reduction Act (H.R. 2091–Moran)

Plastic bags are ubiquitous litter that pollute waterways, endanger marine life, clog gutters and sewers, litter our streets, shopping centers, highways, parks and beaches, and saddle us to additional fossil fuel-based products. Only 0.6% of plastic bags are recycled nationally, creating the need for plastic bag reduction and recycling initiatives. The solution to the plastic bag crisis is switching from single-use bags to reusable bags. CCE has worked throughout New York and Connecticut to reduce plastic bag pollution through a variety of policies and supports the Plastic Bag Reduction Act to address this growing problem nationwide.
CCE’s memo in support of the Plastic Bag Reduction Act of 2009

Raw Sewage Overflow Community Right to Know

Discharges of untreated sewage from sanitary sewer overflows and combined sewer overflows represent a significant threat to public health, the environment, and our economy. Currently, there is no consistent reporting and public notification requirement for sewer overflows, and public health agencies and drinking water suppliers are often unaware when overflows contaminate waterways. CCE supports require sewage treatment operators to implement an effective monitoring and notification program for sewage overflows to allow the public to avoid unnecessary exposure to harmful untreated sewage.
CCE’s memo of support for the Raw Sewage Overflow Community Right to Know
CCE’s campaign to stop sewage pollution

Water Quality Financing Act (H.R. 1262–Oberstar)

Sewage pollution threatens public health from exposure to pathogens, closes beaches, degrades water quality, and consumes valuable oxygen necessary for healthy fisheries. CCE supports Congress reauthorizing and fully funding the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and dedicating funding for sustainable green infrastructure.
CCE’s memo in support of the Water Quality Financing Act

Updated by bsmith 2/25/10