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Senate Poised to Pass Water Bill Reversing Coal Ash Pollution Rules

Coal ash spill surrounding a house in Tennessee.

Every two years the Senate passes a new Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which contains the funding necessary to protect America’s water infrastructure. This year’s legislation includes $9 billion worth of spending on water delivery infrastructure and runoff containment and abatement, among other projects.

As currently written, this bill also would allocate $280 million to address the lead water pollution crisis in Flint, Michigan, making this a must-pass piece of legislation that could easily become a hot-button campaign issue should any senator up for reelection choose to vote it down.

And that’s precisely why one of its amendments — championed by the coal industry — to dismantle coal Ash Pollution protections is likely to become a reality, and as a result, potentially endanger water supplies all over the United States.

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Water Resources Development Act
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James Inhofe
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This post first appeared on DeSmogBlog | Clearing The PR Pollution That Clouds, please read the originial post: here

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