Reply Reply to Comment Collapse Subdiscussion Kristina Bowen Kristina Bowen YesterdayJul 5 at 9:47pm Manage Discussion Entry I chose to discuss an amendment proposed to House Bill No. 2385, which is titled the “Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Act”. This Act was originally passed on May 1, 1984. The addendum to this act was proposed and sponsored by David H. Zimmerman, a Republican serving the county of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He has been a member of the house since 2015 to present ( Representative David H. Zimmerman , n.d.). This addendum was presented on April 6, 2020. The addendum to the Safe Drinking Water Act tries to correct the overreach of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). In the past, the DEP has been overriding the Federal government by doing well checks and questioning the source of the water and at times, unnecessarily posing more costly regulations than needed. This act will rectify that overreach and put the emphasis back on quality of water rather than the source of water. The regulations in the past have been costing schools and small businesses financial harm. This legislation intends to reestablish federal government standards as the baseline for Pennsylvania waters. The addendum to this act will help to prevent unnecessary costs posed by the DEP on water regulation. It will also help safeguard and ensure the quality of water to remain in compliance with federal regulations. This will prevent the DEP's overreach in shutting down schools and small businesses. Most importantly, this will help ensure clean, safe drinking water for residents. I do agree with this legislation. The DEP was causing unnecessary mandated closures of small businesses and schools based on things such as not agreeing with the technology being used by the institutions or the construction of the wells themselves ( Session Information , n.d.) . The standards that were set were unnecessary, posed a lot of unnecessary costs and overall caused many issues. The addendum made to the Safe Drinking Water Act, has streamlined regulations and placed a strong emphasis on focusing on the quality of
the water, which to me is the most important part. As a resident of Pennsylvania, it is extremely important to me that the drinking water that is being used by myself, my family and even my dogs is high quality, clean and safe. References House Bill No. 2385. (n.d.). Retrieved July 5, 2020, from ? txtType=PDF (Links to an external site.) Representative David H. Zimmerman. (n.d.). The official website for the Pennsylvania General Assembly.. Retrieved July 5, 2020, from n/house_bio.cfm?id=1711 (Links to an external site.) Session information . (n.d.). The official website for the Pennsylvania General Assembly.. Retrieved July 5, 2020, from m?chamber=H (Links to an external site.) Reply Reply to Comment o Collapse Subdiscussion Julie Brown Julie Brown 10:40amJul 6 at 10:40am Manage Discussion Entry Kristina, This was very interesting to read. Great choice! In Corpus Christi, Texas
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