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Supporters

Millions of people become sick every year because of sewage spills and polluted runoff at our country's beaches and waterways. These illnesses include diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

The Clean Water Act requires EPA to issue recreational criteria to protect human health in coastal recreational waters, including the Great Lakes. Yet EPA's most recent scientific analysis finds that 1 in 28 people are at risk of illness from swimming in waters deemed by EPA to be safe in its latest proposal.

EPA must reconsider its proposed recreational water quality criteria to ensure families are safe when spending a day at the beach.

Letter to
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Lisa Jackson, EPA Administrator.

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I urge you to protect the health of everyone who enjoys America’s beaches. Millions of people become sick every year because of sewage spills and polluted runoff. These illnesses include diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

The Clean Water Act requires EPA to issue recreational criteria to protect human health in coastal recreational waters, including the Great Lakes. Yet EPA's most recent scientific analysis finds that 1 in 28 people are at risk of illness from swimming in waters deemed by EPA to be safe in its latest proposal. I am extremely disturbed to learn that EPA would allow beaches to remain open and for pollution to go unaddressed at these levels of risk.

I am also troubled to learn that, before pollution reduction is required, EPA might allow water quality “averaging” to take place over a period as long as 90 days and beachgoers could be exposed to poor water quality on as many as one in every four days. This is entirely incompatible with the Clean Water Act’s goal of “fishable/swimmable” waters. Quite simply, no one swims, paddles, or fishes in “average” water. They come into contact with water in whatever condition they find it at that particular time.

EPA must reconsider its proposed recreational water quality criteria to ensure families are safe when spending a day at the beach. I urge you to protect the health of all beachgoers – especially children – by revising your proposed criteria to reflect the most recent science and a more protective level of risk.

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Sincerely,