Office of the President
August 11, 1998
Safeguarding Our Drinking Water. Major reforms of the Safe Drinking Water Act proposed by President Clinton, and passed by Congress in 1996, are strengthening protections for our drinking water supplies. Scientific and regulatory processes are being streamlined to target contaminants that pose the greatest risk, and communities are receiving billions of dollars in low-interest loans to upgrade water systems. The number of Americans receiving water from systems reporting no violations of federal health standards has grown by 10 million since 1993.
Defending Our Communities' Right to Know. One powerful tool against pollution is information --letting people know what's being put in their water and air. The Clinton administration has expanded the number of industries required to report toxic releases, and the number of chemicals that must be disclosed. And many companies are reducing their toxic releases as a result. Today, with a final rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, this approach is being extended to drinking water.
Progress, Not Partisanship, on the Environment. To achieve
further progress in protecting our environment, President Clinton calls on
Congress to: fully fund his Clean Water Action Plan to help communities finish
the job of cleaning our rivers, lakes and coastal waters; release 1998 appropriations
through the Land and Water Conservation Fund to preserve 100 natural and historic
sites; approve his proposed research and tax incentives to reduce greenhouse
gas pollution; and withdraw legislative riders that would pave our parks and
refuges, cripple wildlife protections and deny taxpayers a fair return from
oil leasing on public lands.
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