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HELP HOLD FEDERAL AGENCIES ACCOUNTABLE TO WATER POLLUTION LAWS!

It is time to close the legal loophole that allows the federal government
to
violate the Clean Water Act with immunity. Representative Charlie Norwood
(R-GA) and Senator Paul Coverdell (R-GA) have introduced legislation
aimed
at ending this injustice and hold federal agencies accountable to water
pollution regulations.

Currently, the Federal Pollution Control Act allows federal agencies
operate
facilities without having to control or reduce polluted discharges or
run-off as the private sector is required to do. As a result, the General
Accounting Office estimates that federal facilities are guilty of twice
as
many environmental violations as the private sector.

The Federal Facilities Clean Water Compliance Act of 1999 (H.R. 2449 and
S.
669) enjoys broad support, including:

	Bipartisan Congressional support;
	The Clinton Administration, as stated in a recent Senate hearing by a
senior representative 	of the Environmental Protection Agency.
	The Association of States Attorneys General; and
	American Rivers and other conservation groups.

If this bill is to pass, we must demonstrate to Congressional leadership
that it is a priority by gathering as many endorsements and co-sponsors
as
possible. Together, we can stop the federal government from being the
single
largest water polluter in the nation.

PLEASE ADD YOUR ORGNIZATION TO THE ENDORSEMENT LIST AND URGE YOUR
REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS TO CO-SPONSOR H.R. 2449 AND S. 669.

To send a letter directly to your members of Congress, visit
http://www.amrivers.org/congressmerge-send.html.

To sign the organization endorsement letter, visit
http://www.amrivers.org/norwoodendorsementaction.html. To add your
organization to the sign-on list, email Suzy McDowell at
smcdowell at amrivers_org or call 202-437-7550 x3040.

To see a fact sheet on the Coverdell/Norwood bills, visit
http://www.amrivers.org/norwoodfactaction.pdf.

To see a copy of H.R. 2449, visit
http://www.amrivers.org/norwoodhr2449action.html.

To see a copy of S. 669, visit
http://www.amrivers.org/norwoods669action.html.

To see an updated list of co-sponsors, visit
http://thomas.loc.gov/home/thomas2.html and enter H.R. 2449 or S. 669.

********************
Suzy McDowell
Outreach Coordinator
American Rivers
1025 Vermont Ave, NW, #720
Washington, DC 20005
202-347-7550 x3040
smcdowell at amrivers_org