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HOUSE HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT SUBCOMMITTEE MARKUP OF SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT REAUTHORIZATION

06/06/1996
                               

STATEMENT OF EPA ADMINISTRATOR CAROL M. BROWNER ON HOUSE HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
SUBCOMMITTEE MARKUP OF SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT REAUTHORIZATION


                               
                    THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 1996


This legislation reflects the type of bipartisan commitment to public health and environmental protection that the President has
called for and has achieved so much progress over the past generation. We are pleased that Congress recognizes that
ensuring the safety of the water we drink is one of the most fundamental responsibilities of government and one of President
Clinton's highest environmental priorities. The legislation contains the Clinton Administration's recommendations and
principles for strengthening this important law.


This legislation meets the Administration's goal of protecting public health by setting tough safety standards, preventing
pollution in the rivers and lakes that are sources of drinking water and applying common sense to the regulatory process. It
honors the President's commitment to provide communities with the money they need to upgrade drinking water systems and
strengthen our efforts to expand the public's right to know about contaminants in their drinking water.


We believe that breaking through gridlock is what the American people expect and deserve and we will continue to work
with Congress on this vital legislation. It is important that Congressional leaders apply this same spirit of bipartisan
cooperation to achieve responsible changes to the nation's toxic waste clean up law and efforts to strengthen food safety.