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house Bill H.R. 212

Should The EPA Be Responsible For Managing Algal Toxins In Drinking Water?

Argument in favor

Clean drinking water is essential and uncontrolled algal toxins can contaminate the water supply for an entire city. These instances are preventable, and the EPA needs to take on the responsibility to reduce risks to clean water.

Daniel's Opinion
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05/07/2015
If there is more that needs to be understood before the problem is solved, then it is the EPA's job to take on that responsibility. The problem does in fact go back to agricultural practices, and that's where the EPA needs to start focusing on. This is a big deal and needs immediate attention.
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Mark's Opinion
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06/02/2015
I will never trust private utilities companies because of their track record on lying, environmental damage, and putting their customers in danger to increase their bonuses; did everyone forget Enron?
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Jen's Opinion
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01/25/2017
We need more environmental clean up and regulations. Not less.
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Argument opposed

Because the conditions causing specific cyanobacteria to release toxins are not well understood, and are connected to other essentials like agriculture — these issues must be understood locally before the government can meaningfully intervene.

ThomasParker's Opinion
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05/23/2015
If the utilities were privately managed and free to compete, we wouldn't need to worry about these sorts of things.
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Erik's Opinion
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05/28/2015
No, the EPA sucks at its job, let the water companies take care of their own problems
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John's Opinion
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06/25/2015
The EPA is unnecessary. Leave these issues to State and Local Government.
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    If there is more that needs to be understood before the problem is solved, then it is the EPA's job to take on that responsibility. The problem does in fact go back to agricultural practices, and that's where the EPA needs to start focusing on. This is a big deal and needs immediate attention.
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    If the utilities were privately managed and free to compete, we wouldn't need to worry about these sorts of things.
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    I will never trust private utilities companies because of their track record on lying, environmental damage, and putting their customers in danger to increase their bonuses; did everyone forget Enron?
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    We need more environmental clean up and regulations. Not less.
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    EPA should be responsible for assisting states in mitigating the causes and presence of algal toxins in drinking water.
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    As we've seen in places like Flint, we cannot trust our local governments to look out for our children and our families' safety. Federal research must be funded for us to make sure we are out of harms way.
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    No, the EPA sucks at its job, let the water companies take care of their own problems
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    The EPA is unnecessary. Leave these issues to State and Local Government.
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    I feel this is the perfect opportunity for the EPA to prove just how much it should continue to be funded!
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    A federally funded organization composed of scientists who are dedicated to protecting our waters, investigating the causes of pollution. Not working for profit, therefor not subject to corruption. Why are we fighting about this?
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    Government oversight isn't as bad as it sounds when it comes to the consistency of a vital resource that sustains human life.
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    Drinking water is a thing to be VALUED. Not destroyed.
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    Clean drinking water is a basic necessity for everyone. Since everyone drinks water, it is safe to say that taxpayers should be willing to pay into this service.
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    The EPA is uniquely situated as a federal agency and their regulations would be far reaching. For this reason, we should not simply stop at algae blooms. The Clean Drinking Water Act's list of regulated chemicals hasn't been updated in years and we must start to grapple with the long term impacts of things like xenoestrogens and carcinogenics.
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    Clean water is essential for the safety of the masses.
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    Look at Flint. Do we want more of the same in our cities?
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    Even if they're not greatly understood yet, let's take some more time to understand them, and then movie forward. Generally speaking, this seems like something the EPA should handle.
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    Okay everyone repeat after me. Consistent, uniform and impartial standards in testing and enforcement are necessary to ensure the safety of our natural resources especially things like air and water that keep us alive. State and local agencies, think Flint Michigan, have a financial incentive to 'not find problems' so they don't have FIX them. Hence my on-going concern that Republicans don't really have or aren't capable of 'loving and protecting their children.' Am I being sarcastic? No I'm not. The movie Erin Brockovich was based on a real story.
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    The EPA needs to be dropped from the government. They are out dated and have been used to force government policy on the free enterprise system.
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    Under the Clean Water Act, they have every responsibility to protect Americans from toxic water consumption
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