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Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. HOLDEN. I thank my friend from West Virginia for yielding.

Mr. Chairman, I rise in strong support of H.R. 2018. The Clean Water Act created a partnership between the States and the Federal Government to keep our waterways healthy. However, the EPA has repeatedly tried to impose Federal standards on individual States.

In Pennsylvania, the EPA imposed an unachievable one-size-fits-all standard for water quality that ignores the economic concerns of our farmers, energy producers, small businesses, and local governments. This could cost Pennsylvania thousands of jobs and threaten our energy production.

This bill restores the balance between the States and the EPA as coregulators under the Clean Water Act. States and local governments are dependent upon Congress to remove regulatory roadblocks to economic growth and job creation in local communities while protecting our vast natural resources. This legislation is essential to providing much-needed certainty to support investment that will create jobs in American mining, manufacturing, agriculture, and related industries that have borne the brunt of EPA's regulatory overreach and interference with State Clean Water Act permits.

Mr. Chairman, I urge adoption of the resolution.


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