‘We must stop watering our lawns’: U.S. senators call for more conservation
Senators have called for an end to water pollution, which they said is costing the United States more than $100 billion a year.
In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee said they are “shocked and deeply concerned” about water pollution and its impact on the environment.
“The federal government has not been able to adequately protect our water from water pollution,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, in a statement.
“We cannot continue to water our lawn, or the country, while we wait for a solution.”
The EPA has been taking action to curb water pollution since it created the Environmental Protection Agency in 1972.
The EPA says water pollution is a problem that has been plaguing the United State for decades.
The agency says it has identified more than 4,500 chemicals that could be linked to health risks, including the pesticide chlorpyrifos, and is working to reduce them.
The agency also says it is working with states to address water pollution.