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Upton Committee Advances Legislation to Protect Great Lakes Drinking Water

Bipartisan Drinking Water Protection Act Now Heads to House Floor

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Washington, February 12, 2015 | Tom Wilbur/Lynn Turner (202 225 3761) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, released the following statement after the House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Upton, voted to advance H.R. 212, the Drinking Water Protection Act. The bipartisan bill would amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop and submit a strategic plan to Congress within 90 days of enactment for assessing and managing the risk associated with harmful algal toxins in drinking water.

“As someone who has long-championed Great Lakes issues and protecting those who live around them, I’m proud to support this commonsense legislation,” said Upton. “The Drinking Water Protection Act provides the EPA tools to prevent future water crises like the one that happened in Toledo, Ohio, last year where nearly a half-million residents could not access safe, clean drinking water. We cannot have a situation like that again, and I am very pleased to see this important legislation now one step closer to becoming law to ensure our Great Lakes drinking water is safe.”

H.R. 212, the Drinking Water Protection Act, was drafted in response to last year’s water emergency in Lake Erie. Harmful algal blooms threatened drinking water. The committee had previously sent letters and was briefed by the EPA. 

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