A.G. Schneiderman Leads Coalition Of 10 States Urging U.S. Senate To Oppose Bill Eliminating States’
A.G. Schneiderman's office press release ---- Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that his office sent a joint letter with 10 Attorneys General to Senators Mitch McConnell and Charles Schumer strongly urging opposition to the Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, legislation that would dramatically weaken clean water protections by preventing New York and other states from limiting the discharge of biological pollution by commercial shipping vessels into their waters. The bill would also take the radical step of exempting these discharges from the federal Clean Water Act. "This legislation would undercut the independence of states in fighting harmful biological pollution from commercial shipping, which causes serious damage to our environment and our economy in New York. Congress should not serve as a rubber stamp for commercial shipping interests at the expense of the health of the waters in New York and across the nation," said Attorney General Schneiderman. "I will continue to join with other state Attorneys General in opposing efforts by this Congress or administration to undercut critical environmental protections. As my office has made clear, we will not hesitate to step in to defend the laws that keep our environment and our families safe and healthy." For more in depth information on A.G. Schneiderman leading coalition of 10 states urging U.S. Senate to oppose bill eliminating states' authority to protect waterways against pollution from commercial vessels click on the picture below to read the release.