PNS Daily News - December 16, 2019 

Sen. Chuck Schumer calls for four specific witnesses in Senate impeachment trial; giving Iowans with disabilities a voice in caucuses; and an expert says Seasonal Affective Disorder is a lot more than just the holiday blues.

2020Talks - December 16, 2019 

Sen. Cory Booker led the charge asking the DNC to ease up debate qualification requirements. All seven candidates who made the cut for Thursday's debate say they won't participate in the debate at Loyola Marymount in LA if it means crossing the picket line of Unite Here Local 11.

15 NY Lawmakers Join Effort to Protect Drinking Water

May 23, 2007

Fifteen members of New York's congressional delegation signed on to a bipartisan resolution Tuesday, calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to protect drinking water. Supporters of the resolution say the EPA is taking a narrow approach to water protection under the Bush administration by applying the Clean Water Act only to navigable waterways, not smaller creeks and streams that feed into water supplies. New York Congressman Brian Higgins says this measure tells the agency to protect all U.S. waters.

“I think it's getting back to the original intent, which is inclusive of all bodies of water that have a potential impact on larger bodies of water.”

The EPA responded to the new legislation by saying the agency welcomes, quote, "innovative approaches that provide greater protection to the nation's waterways." Environmentalists say the congressional action would explicitly protect most of the streams and creeks currently in limbo.

Joan Mulhern with Earthjustice points out that the measure would protect drinking water for more than 10 million Americans, including millions in New York and the Great Lakes region.

“Certainly included in that is the drinking water supplies for many people in New York, including upstate and also in New York City where they rely on source water protection in the Clean Water Act to keep the waters pure, as opposed to having expensive filtration systems.”

Higgins notes that Clean Water Act has had enormous benefits over the last 30 years, and he's worried that the White House is chipping away at the law.

“Buffalo, New York, Lake Erie. The major bodies of water that made those cities great historically were ruined because of heavy pollution, and that's originally what the Clean Water Act was intended to address.”

Michael Clifford/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NY