Clean Water Act Pros And Cons

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Though most people are in support of the Clean Water Act, there are quite a few skeptics. Part of the act, called the national wetlands protection program requires anyone planning to dredge, drain, or fill a wetland to have a permit from the United States Army Corps. This angers many property owners who wish to alter their lands as they feel they should be able to do what they want to their own property. Theodore Lowi, a professor at Cornell University, believes that Congress knew nothing about water pollution when they wrote the act and they let the EPA do whatever they felt was best for our waterways. Barry Commoner is also skeptical of the act. He said that it relies too heavily on “control” instead of “prevention.” Pollution has to go someone

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