Small Business Owners Testify in Opposition to the Clean Water Restoration Act
Today, the House Small Business Committee heard testimony from small business owners who expressed opposition to the Clean Water Restoration Act.
Congress enacted the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972, or the Clean Water Act (CWA), to “restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation’s waters.” While protecting the nation’s water resources is a goal shared by all, expanding jurisdiction over the nation’s waters has raised concerns that tighter restrictions will be placed on farmers and small businesses.
The Clean Water Restoration Act has not yet been introduced in the House, but passed the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee earlier this year. Witnesses at the hearing expressed concerns with the Clean Water Restoration Act’s further expansion would preempt state and local governments from making local land and water use decisions and costs would rise for businesses.
“One look at the expansive list of entities opposed to the Clean Water Restoration Act and you can immediately conclude that this legislation would have broad negative economic impact,” concluded Ranking Member Graves. “With so many things working against our economy right now—government spending spiraling out of control, climate change legislation with the potential to drive energy costs through the roof, and a new health care bill estimated to cost over a trillion dollars—it is important to fully understand the economic consequences of our legislative actions.”