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NFC: Fw: Action Alert: Stop Raw Sewage Discharges Now!

From: American Rivers <sfriedman at action_amrivers.org>
To: robertrice at juno_com
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2001 12:42:31 +0800
Subject: Action Alert:  Stop Raw Sewage Discharges Now!
Message-ID: <-1460087659.984084120484.JavaMail.SYSTEM@gus>

Tell your Senators and Congressional Representatives that raw sewage 
discharges must be stopped now!!

On January 5th the Clinton administration announced proposed 
regulations to control and prevent sewer overflows and require the 
public be informed of potential health threats when overflows occur. 
The proposed rules, however, were not printed in the Federal Register 
prior to the end of President Clinton's term, and Bush administration 
officials have issued an order putting an indefinite hold on any 
regulations that were not printed by the time they took office, 
preventing the proposed sewer overflow regulations from taking effect.

At least 40,000 sewer overflows every year dump raw and inadequately 
treated sewage into basements, streets and waterways, contaminating 
beaches, lakes and streams and jeopardizing public health. Pathogens 
in sewage-contaminated waters can cause gastrointestinal and 
respiratory illnesses, dysentery, and hepatitis. The consequences of 
contact with sewage-infested waters are even greater for children, 
the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.  

(For more information on sewer overflows see:  

What to do: Visit www.americanrivers.org/takeaction to send a message 
to your Senators and Representatives urging them to demand that the 
EPA release the rules now.

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