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From July 16, 2001

Action Alert -- Stop Congress from Slashing Clean Water Enforcement!

On July 17th the House Appropriations Committee will consider an appropriations bill that confirms our worst fears: the enforcement budget for EPA will be slashed. Calls to your appropriators in the House are urgently needed to stop this from happening!

The House VA-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee has passed Bush's FY 2002 budget proposal to weaken EPA's enforcement of environmental laws by cutting enforcement by $11 million and removing up to 270 staff positions from the agency's work on compliance monitoring and civil enforcement work. This reduction translates into a loss of nearly 8% of all enforcement personnel for these activities, and nearly half of all personnel reductions proposed by the agency.

Clean water activists know that states can't adequately address enforcement issues without EPA. According to EPA data, more than 1 in 4 of the largest polluting facilities are in regular violation of the Clean Water Act. To cut funding and staff for the agency charged with overseeing and correcting this problem would be moving in the wrong
direction at the wrong time.

Call Your Appropriator Today! Please look at the list below of members of the House Appropriations Committee. If you see your member's name listed, please call them with the following message. To contact your member go to our Legislative Action Center at www.cwn.org or call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

Enforcement Message:
- Enforcement of our country's environmental laws should be a priority of the U.S. Congress.

- Please restore full funding to the EPA's enforcement budget in the EPA appropriations bill.

- Do not cut the enforcement budget of EPA in order to increase the enforcement budget of state agencies.

House Appropriations Committee:
Bill Young, Chair, Florida
Ralph Regula, Ohio
David R. Obey, Wisconsin
Jerry Lewis, California
John P. Murtha, Pennsylvania
Harold Rogers, Kentucky
Norman D. Dicks, Washington
Joe Skeen, New Mexico
Martin Olav Sabo, Minnesota
Frank R. Wolf, Virginia
Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland
Tom DeLay, Texas
Alan B. Mollohan, West Virginia
Jim Kolbe, Arizona
Marcy Kaptur, Ohio
Sonny Callahan, Alabama
Nancy Pelosi, California
James Walsh, New York
Peter J. Visclosky, Indiana
Charles H. Taylor, North Carolina
Nita M. Lowey, New York
David L. Hobson, Ohio
José E. Serrano, New York
Ernest J. Istook, Jr., Oklahoma
Rosa L. DeLauro, Connecticut
Henry Bonilla, Texas
James P. Moran, Virginia
Joe Knollenberg, Michigan
John W. Olver, Massachusetts
Dan Miller, Florida
Ed Pastor, Arizona
Jack Kingston, Georgia
Carrie P. Meek, Florida
Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, New Jersey
David E. Price, North Carolina
Roger F. Wicker, Mississippi
Chet Edwards, Texas
George R. Nethercutt, Jr.,Washington
Robert E. "Bud" Cramer, Jr., Alabama
Randy "Duke" Cunningham,California
Patrick J. Kennedy, Rhode Island
Todd Tiahrt, Kansas
James E. Clyburn, South Carolina
Zach Wamp, Tennessee
Maurice D. Hinchey, New York
Tom Latham, Iowa
Lucille Roybal-Allard, California
Anne Northup, Kentucky
Sam Farr, California
Robert Aderholt, Alabama
Jesse L. Jackson, Jr., Illinois
Jo Ann Emerson, Missouri
Carolyn C. Kilpatrick, Michigan
John E. Sununu, New Hampshire
Allen Boyd, Florida
Kay Granger, Texas
Chaka Fattah, Pennsylvania
John E. Peterson, Pennsylvania
Steven R. Rothman, New Jersey
Virgil Goode, Virginia John Doolittle, California
Ray LaHood, Illinois
John Sweeney, New York
David Vitter, Louisiana
Don Sherwood, Pennsylvania