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Before those testifying could get a turn, some committee members weighed in. Committee Chair Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-California, questioned the process and actions taken by the EPA.
The EPA on July 2 said the draft EIS lacked critical information on potential risks to Bristol Bay’s watershed. Later that month, the EPA removed an Obama administration proposal that mine supporters called a “preemptive veto.” The EPA has since been sued over this step.
The Pebble Partnership says the early veto, issued before Pebble applied for its permits, was unfair and bad public policy. In a separate development, a U.S. House Transportation subcommittee has announced it will hold a hearing on the Pebble project this month. It will be chaired by Rep. Grace Napolitano D-Calif. She has accused the Trump administration of playing a “shell game” in favor of granting the Pebble permits.
Water is life. It is essential to the survival of all living things and has been at the center of my work for over three decades as a public servant. I did not select this cause arbitrarily, but because our communities were suffering, and no one was speaking out about safe, clean water supplies for residents of the San Gabriel Valley and greater east Los Angeles County.
President Trump has made his ambivalence, or even disdain, for science clear in regards to the environment. Throughout the hearing, DeFazio and other Democrats took Ross and Trump’s E.P.A. to task for making factually unsound regulatory decisions and, in doing so, putting the American public at risk. “You people have the gall to dismantle half a century of progress,” DeFazio added, with a raised hand pointed at Ross. Congresswoman Grace Napolitano told Ross at another point, “I can only imagine how much polluters love what you’re doing.”
Critics of the reversal on Thursday warned that it will jeopardize citizens’ health and generate environmental cleanup costs paid for by taxpayers. Rep. Grace Napolitano (D., Calif.), the chairwoman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment that oversees the EPA Clean Water Act, called the move the “latest evidence of the president’s utter disregard and contempt for science.”
“Winners are corporations and polluters. Losers are families, farmers, and taxpayers,” she said in a statement.
(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) issued the following statement after the Trump administration finalized its repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule:
“Today's action by the EPA to eliminate vital Clean Water Act protections is the latest evidence of the President's utter disregard and contempt for science. Winners are corporations and polluters. Losers are families, farmers, and taxpayers.
Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, the chair of the subcommittee that directly oversees T.V.A, also continued to accept money from Jacobs Engineering following the November 2018 verdict. “I had no knowledge of Jacobs’s involvement in the cleanup of the spill,” she said in an email. “I have never spoken to Jacobs about this situation. I have worked with CH2M Engineering company, which was recently purchased by Jacobs, on water and transportation infrastructure projects in my district and California.”
Water infrastructure funding, which traditionally has won strong bipartisan support, will be an even bigger priority now that Democrats control the House, said Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.), who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s water resources and environment subcommittee.
It also built the 62-year-old Whittier Narrows Dam which needs $600 million in upgrades to prevent a failure that would affect 1.25 million people in the event of a 1-in-1,000 year flood. In a separate motion, the county joined with Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-El Monte, asking Congress to allocate the money and expedite the project.