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The 1972 Clean Water Act prohibited mining companies from dumping their waste into rivers, lakes, and streams. But a Bush-era initiative created a loophole that allowed miners to begin using public waterways as waste dumps.
Mining companies are taking advantage of the loophole and dumping their toxic waste into America's bodies of water—fueling pollution and creating monumental health problems for both humans and animals. Sign the petition telling EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to close the loophole.
Dear EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson:
I find it appalling that, despite the knowledge of global warming, the United States government is still allowing waste to be dumped into our public waterways. The Clean Water Act of 1972 was enacted to prohibit the polluting of lakes, rivers, and streams. Yet the Bush administration created a loophole in the law, which has made it so that mining companies are no longer sanctioned from dumping their waste.
This loophole one of the most irresponsible governmental initiatives I've seen, as water pollution doesn't just affect its surrounding communities, it affects the whole world. Creating the loophole means that the government is simply endorsing global warming, and worse, contributing to it.
Mining waste, like any other toxic material, belongs in its right place—and it's not in our waterways. Please work toward closing the loophole and ensuring our health won't be affected by mining waste.