Thursday, April 27, 2017

Duckworth How She is Helping 40 Million Water Drinkers

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In the November 2016 election, I voted for Senator Tammy Duckworth and I was proud to do it and will do it again . I love that Tammy has such an inspiring American-dream story. She joined the military, defended our country, was wounded in the war but didn’t stop there. No, she has fought for legislation that supports our Veterans and their health care and treatment. Also, “Duckworth is a member of the Environment & Public Works Committee and the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife, which is tasked with ensuring clean water and helping prevent lead water contamination.”[2]

The Great Lakes border many Midwestern states and are important for drinking water, transportation, commerce, and recreation. Together, these lakes contain 84% of North America's surface freshwater and provide drinking water to more than 40 million people.[1] Duckworth met with many of the EPA’s Region 5 staffers recently in Chicago, to discuss the critical work they do to protect the health and safety of Americans living in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. [2]

The EPA should have more than one office the Region 5 office that is handling the Great Lakes and also many tribal communities. The federal government is making it more difficult to get the funding needed to replace lead/copper pipes, do periodic water testing, keeping the air clean, and also testing our soil for contaminants. Who would do these very important tasks if the local EPA is gone?
“At a time when families across our state are worrying about contaminated drinking water, it would be dangerous and irresponsible for the President to gut the agency that’s charged with protecting the Great Lakes from pollution and keeping our children safe from lead poisoning,” said Senator Duckworth.“Dismantling the EPA would jeopardize the safety of families across Illinois and the entire country.”[2]

Here is a link to an act Tammy was part of : Get the Lead Out Act

Sources: [1] www.US EPA (2012). Great Lakes: Basic Information

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