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Updated: March 22, 2014 6:23AM
Bill would harm environment
The Great Lakes are one of the greatest treasures in our country, not to mention that they provide 84 percent of the United States’ fresh water. For many years, Indiana has worked with other states to improve the water quality in the Great Lakes and tributaries.
We need to retain the ability to protect these water bodies, as a drinking water resource, a tourism and outdoor recreation destination, and as a national treasure. There is a bill under consideration at the Indiana Statehouse that could undermine our ability to protect these waterways.
House Bill 1143, dubbed the “No More Stringent Than” bill, would make it illegal for Indiana’s environmental agency to strengthen public health safeguards that are more stringent than the federal requirements.
I encourage Senator Charbonneau to vote against this measure. I hope everyone reading this letter will do the same.