Clean Water Act is a guiding light

Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2008

Eric Twelker is a Juneau attorney and geologist. His My Turn in the July 11 Juneau Empire rather gleefully, as I read it, predicts the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal's ruling involving the local Coeur Alaska Kensington gold mine and quite literally all of our nation's clean water protection, as well.

The Clean Water Act is the very act that protects our right to have, to respect and to keep our life-giving waters safe from industrial development pollutants for all life.

In his opinion, Twelker relates to us at length the rationale for his dire prediction - and yes, the U.S. Supreme Court is unquestionably a conservative court, frequently issuing five to four conservative decisions - but it will indeed be totally alarming if it overturns a federal law enacted in 1977 by the 95th U.S. Congress and the Water Quality Act of 1987 enacted by the 100th U.S. Congress.

This entire Clean Water Act has been the enlightened, guiding light used by all responsible Americans for more than 30 years and hopefully will continue to be so in perpetuity.

But also, who really can be seriously against protecting and having safe, pure, clean water?

Alan R. Munro


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