Wilsonian progressivism has been consistently advanced in the United States as Democrat politicians use the Safe Drinking Water Act as a crow-bar and a club. This is right out of the Democrat political play book….and now we can again expect to be called baby killers, not caring about pregnant women, wanting dirty water, etc….etc….
The first congressional hearing I attended was in the late 1980s when I observed Rep. Henry Waxman and another Democrat congressman roasted USEPA Administrator William Rielly on lead. Now, at the request of House Democrats, Reps. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA), the Government Accountability Office is investigating USEPA’s mandatory selection and monitoring of potential drinking-water contaminants. A process developed through stakeholder consensus, that the Democrat lawmakers hate and have pushed to strengthen in recent years. This gives them a platform to criticize the agency and anyone else (like conservatives) who may view regulating and monitoring for non-problem, no-risk substances in water as a waste of time and money.
The GAO report is expected in summer 2013, and will focus on USEPA’s third Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring List (UCMR3). Writing more regulations, issuing fines to communities, and putting water system managers in jail will not clean up drinking water. Yelling at the world in the typical Waxman/Markey/Boxer fashion won’t do the job either. We must be serious about what it takes to have sustainable water and wastewater systems…include financial sustainability, which presumes a healthy and prosperous economy, not government handouts.
Expect copius bloviation from these representatives and others when the report is released, as well as from their counterparts in the Senate…..release of this report will be the opportunity for them to sound off once again….and shut up their wimpy opposition….