Comments by TCWN's Renée Hoyos to EPA Office of Water Public Listening Session
Comments by TCWN's Executive Director Renée Hoyos to an EPA Office of Water public listening session on regulatory reform at EPA. The public listening session is part of EPA's compliance Executive Order 13777 calling on federal agencies to identify regulations that could be repealed, replaced or modified to make them less burdensome.
Read Renée's comments:
"Hello, my name is Renee Hoyos and I am the executive director of the Tennessee Clean Water Network.
"As the only state-wide organization in Tennessee dedicated to protecting the state’s waterways, TCWN has used EPA-OW rules and regulations to help meet our goals of safe drinking water and clean water to use for recreation.
"It is the position of the TCWN, Board of Directors, staff, and membership that any changes to the regulatory framework should only be made after extensive research and public input on the topics, and not driven by an artificial deadline of a new administration.
"When you say making regulations less burdensome, I have to ask less burdensome for whom? Certainly, not for the public. Polling shows overwhelmingly the public wants clean water to drink. These regulations should be not relaxed for the convenience of industry, but should continue to help protect the nation’s waters that provide drinking water for millions of people and provide economic development through recreational opportunities for many as well. Industry will always find regulation burdensome, but they are not the only ones who live here. They are happy to use the resource and then share the pollution with the rest of us without having to pay their fair share of the burden they create.
"Rules and regulations that have helped protect our nation should not be changed in just a 104 days.
"As a matter of fact, we need more rule making from EPA to help protect our citizens from health-threatening water pollution.
"TCWN is part of a ten-state collaborative tracking and fighting nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River, the largest watershed in the US and the third largest in the world.
"Right now, states in the Mississippi River basin pollute the river with so much nitrogen and phosphorus that beaches are regularly closed, dogs are dying, and drinking water is under constant threat. We want a numeric standard for nutrients nationwide.
"EPA has battled this problem for decades to no avail.
"Protecting the Mississippi River will take MORE common-sense regulations, not less.
"Thank you for this opportunity to speak today."