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For Immediate Release

Darcey Rakestraw
Communications Director
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Proposed Law Guts Water Protections, Won't Make Us Safer

Statement by Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch


"We are appalled to hear that the House Natural Resources committee has passed the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act, which would waive federal environmental protections for Department of Homeland Security activities on federal lands in border areas. Let's hope it doesn't go any further than that.

"This is yet another ideological attempt to gut environmental regulations, spearheaded this time by Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah. The Salt Lake Tribune recently editorialized that Bishop is likely more interested in busting environmental safeguards than border safety, writing, 'It seems obvious illegal immigration is less Bishop's target than environmental protection of all public lands. Frustrated in fighting land protection in Utah, he's expanding the front, charging in where he's not wanted or needed.' Representative Raul Grijalva was quoted as also saying it was a 'Trojan-horse tactic' to attack environmental regulations.

"Not only is this legislation not about border security, but it's also a 'Big Brother' attempt to squelch democratic rulemaking that could result in diminished water quality for all Americans. Using this proposed law to supersede the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act -- among dozens of other environmental protections that would be waived -- is not what will make America safer."

Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainable. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping shared resources under public control.

Food & Water Watch mobilizes regular people to build political power to move bold and uncompromised solutions to the most pressing food, water, and climate problems of our time. We work to protect people's health, communities, and democracy from the growing destructive power of the most powerful economic interests.

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