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Stop Dumping in Our Drinking Water

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Location: Washington, DC


Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) partnered today in moving legislation denouncing British Petroleum's (BP) plan to dump an additional 1,584 pounds of ammonia and 4,925 pounds of total suspended solids daily into Lake Michigan.

"The Great Lakes are the largest freshwater system in the world and a source for drinking water for nearly every one of my constituents," said Roskam. "It is essential that we have a safe and secure supply of this vital resource."

This legislation, H. Con. Res. 187, comes on the heels of a discharge permit issued by Indiana's Dept. of Environmental Management which allows BP to move forward with a $3.8 billion upgrade to its Whiting refinery. This expansion will dump an additional 54 percent of ammonia into Lake Michigan and raise the discharge level of total suspended solids by 35 percent.

"I strongly support the need for increased domestic energy production, however it must not come at the peril of our drinking water," remarked Roskam. "For the first time in over a decade new dumping will be allowed into Lake Michigan. The decision by Indiana's DEM seems too rash, and too irresponsible, especially when it directly affects the health of my constituents."

Congressman Roskam partnered with 18 members of Congress from the Great Lake states in sending a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson requesting that the Agency review Indiana's issuance of BP's permit to ensure compliance with the Clean Water Act and federal limits for mercury concentrations.

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