The Clean Water Act might be facing some "unclean" opposition in the
state of Virginia with a recent bill that passed by both houses of the
state of Virginia General Assembly. This bill that was just passed will
now limit federal regulation of enforcing regulations on clean water and
The bill was requested by the mining industry as permits for larger
surface area mines were not approved for mining, stating that the
enforcing the current monitoring of water quality within the area would
be sacrificed if these permits were granted. Although this new bill will
now allow larger surface area mines to be permitted, many environmental
groups fear that the water quality and water purification within the
state of Virginia and it's surrounding neighbors will be sacrificed.
The Clean Water Act, enforcing water purification and
ensuring water quality, is feared to have been weakened with the
passing of this bill, as it will now restrict state regulators from the
ability to protect the public from pollution form coal mines. Not only
that, the bill develops even further with revelation that it will also
restrict and limit existing water purification system and tools that are already purifying or protecting water from toxic substances from mines.
The passing of this bill is expected to be opposed with an appeal and
is suggested to be taken to the US Supreme Court for further debate.