New Report on NC Waterways Pollution, Political Spending
Environment NC is out with a new report that details the link between river pollution from major polluters like Smithfield Foods and the companies' lobbying money. It also discusses the fight to eliminate loopholes in the Clean Water Act that allow for dangerous pollution. “It’s clear that North Carolina’s polluters have deep pockets, but thousands of North Carolinians have raised their voices in support of doing more to protect all of our rivers and streams,” says Liz Kazal of Environment NC. “It’s time for Congress to listen to citizens, not the polluters.” See below for an excerpt from a summary article.
Right now, polluters are lobbying their allies on Capitol Hill to derail EPA’s plan to restore Clean Water Act protections to 135,907 miles of streams in North Carolina. Loopholes in the law currently leave the waterways that feed the drinking water for 4.7 million North Carolinians at risk.
"From the coal ash spill last year to leaking hog farm lagoons, our waterways need further protections now more than ever," said Representative Pricey Harrison of Greensboro. "Closing loopholes in the Clean Water Act will ensure that our treasured rivers and streams get the protections they deserve."
North Carolina’s environmental health and beauty are not the only factors falling through these loopholes. Small businesses that rely on clean water are also at risk to feel the impacts of disaster to our waterways.
"We rely on clean water to attract our clients," said Banks Dixon owner of Frog Hollow Outdoors. "When there is contamination to our waterways, it can lead to fish kills and other catastrophes that force us to cancel trips. There is a direct correlation between the health of our rivers and the health of my business."