Clean Water Act consistently fall flat

Clean Water Act consistently fall flat

 

People often use natural detox products to help protect themselves from the effects of everyday pollution, since efforts to reduce toxins in the environment often fall flat. For example, 40 years ago Congress enacted the Clean Water Act, which was designed to eliminate pollution in America's rivers, lakes and bays. However, according to a recent article published by Earth Fix, most of the waters in the U.S. do not qualify as clean, and there continues to be large-scale water pollution.

The news source pointed out Seattle’s notoriously polluted Duwamish river, which has an automobile shredder and metal recycler beside it that has dumped more pollutants into the river than allowed under the Clean Water Act for years. The company that owns this piece of equipment reported its violations to the government, as required by law, but by and large has not been reprimanded. Instead, the Washington Department of Ecology simply encouraged the company to reduce the pollution.

The information provider believes that this is one of many examples of how the Clean Water Act has failed in many places

"Whole categories of polluters are effectively exempt from penalties when they dump pollutants illegally. This affects thousands of facilities. Violations of the Clean Water Act in the Northwest occur routinely, yet citations and financial penalties are relatively rare," according to the news source.

Furthermore, government bodies are some of the most prolific violators, according to the information provider.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Clean Water Act made it unlawful to discharge a pollutant from a point source into navigable waters, unless a permit was obtained. A point source is something like pipes or a man-made ditch that can empty pollution into a body of water. This article suggests that the EPA's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program needs to have stricter regulations.