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Providing For Congressional Disapproval Of A Rule Submitted By The Corps Of Engineers And The Environmental Protection Agency—Veto January 21, 2016
Benjamin Cardin, D-MD
"There are millions of acres of wetlands that are at risk of not being regulated. Wetlands are critically important for flood protection in many of our States, to recharge groundwater supplies—important to many of our States—to filter pollution. That is very important. It is important in Maryland. The Chesapeake Bay and the Chesapeake Bay’s environmental future very much depend upon the quality of the upstream waters and wetlands. It is at risk if we don’t move forward with the full application of the Clean Water Act."
Providing For Congressional Disapproval Of A Rule Submitted By The Corps Of Engineers And The Environmental Protection Agency January 13, 2016
Peter DeFazio, D-OR
"It permanently exempts groundwater and water-filled depressions related to fill or gravel mining activities. There is a huge concern with gravel extraction activities in my State."
Supporting Transparent Regulatory And Environmental Actions In Mining Act January 12, 2016
Donald Beyer, D-VA
"West Virginia University—not one of those liberal universities in New England—a West Virginia study in 2012 found that mountaintop coal mining has adverse impacts on surface and groundwater quality. The Congressional Research Service, nonpartisan, said, since 1992, almost 1,200 miles of streams were buried by surface coal mining practices."
Congratulating Local Leaders In Cochise County December 15, 2015
Martha McSally, R-AZ
"Mr. Speaker, I rise to congratulate local leaders in Cochise County, KE&G construction, and Cemex for their outstanding work on the Palominas Flood Protection and Groundwater Recharge project. This project is the first-ever aquifer protection and recharge effort of its kind implemented at a regional scale, and aims to protect flows of a desert river and its lush streamside habitat while also replenishing the water supplies of local residents. The Palominas project embodies the values of the residents of Cochise County who not only want to ensure protection of our waterways and natural resources, but are looking for solutions to provide more economic opportunity. One-size-fits-all requirements from Washington fail to take into account Arizona’s unique landscapes, but the formation of local partnerships allowed the community to come together to create a solution to benefit all, including the citizens, businesses, and native plants and animals. This project received top state and local honors in Arizona and was recognized internationally for offering a long-term solution to the recurring problem of sheet flow flooding at a local elementary school and the need for aquifer recharge. The project includes a 17 million gallon detention basin that holds storm water runoff, as well as dry wells and infiltration trenches covering 290 acres. These dry wells and infiltration trenches provide additional storage capacity during storms, reduce the loss of water through evaporation, and increase the amount of water recharged into the nearby San Pedro River. Dennis Donovan, a civil engineer overseeing the project for Cochise County told the Arizona Republic that the project includes the large detention basin with berms to slowly steer the water into a wide channel before spilling over four foot walls that “slow down the storm water to where, to the best it can, it (sinks and) recharges.” The water control mechanisms in the basin keep storm water from washing through in a day leaving the basin dry again the next. The Sierra Vista Herald noted that, “CEMEX’s Sierra Vista Plant joined forces with KE&G Construction to complete the project within a three-month time frame. Working through more than two inches of rainfall, these dynamic teams beat the heaviest rains of the summer monsoon season.” The health of the San Pedro River is important to Fort Huachuca and the vitality of the surrounding community. Projects like these help to protect the future of the San Pedro River and demonstrate the commitment of the Army and the community to preserving their natural environment."
National Strategic And Critical Minerals Production Act Of 2015 October 23, 2015
Earl Blumenauer, D-OR
"Finally, the bill limits the ability of aggrieved communities to use the court system to hold the government accountable when contamination from hardrock mining threatens their groundwater or drinking water. H.R. 1937 exempts legal cases brought against hardrock mines from the Equal Access to Justice Act, which means that winning plaintiffs cannot collect attorney fees from the government, ultimately ensuring that poor communities will never challenge these decisions in court."

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