PLEASE TAKE ACTION!
Bedrock Environmental Laws Could be Gutted by House Bill H.R. 2578
Wilderness lands, clean air and water, and America's beloved free-flowing rivers fall on the chopping block as a massive anti-environmental law moves through Congress. Call your Representative today and ask that they VOTE NO on H.R. 2578!
As early as Tuesday, June 19th, the House of Representatives will be voting on bill that is a collection of extreme anti-conservation proposals that would undo decades of common sense environmental laws. H.R. 2578, and its component Title XIV, would reverse critical land protection measures, waive dozens of laws within 100 miles of our borders, give away old-growth forests to be clear-cut, and weaken the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and other bedrock environmental laws:
The Arizona Desert Wilderness Act of 1990
The Wilderness Act
Clean Water Act
Clean Air Act
The National Environmental Policy Act
The Endangered Species Act
The National Historic Preservation Act
The Antiquities Act
The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
The Federal Land Policy and Management Act
The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act
The Fish and Wildlife Act
The Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act
The Administrative Procedures Act
The National Park Service Organic Act
The General Authorities Act of 1970
Some sections of the National Parks and Recreation Act
Click here to see a map of all public lands affected around the United States by H.R. 2578.
PLEASE fax a letter or place a call against this bill today! You can find your legislator's contact information (some have email, others do not) to fax in a letter or place a call on AWC's website here: contact your member of Congress today and urge them to oppose H.R. 2578.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW! H.R. 2578 represents one of the worst attacks on common sense environmental laws that safeguard our clean air and drinking water, quiet wildlife habitat, and free-flowing rivers. It must be stopped.
Dear [Member of Congress Name Here],
I urge you oppose H.R. 2578. This bill that is a collection of extreme anti-conservation proposals that would undo decades of land protection measures, waive dozens of laws within 100 miles of our borders, give away old-growth forests to be clear-cut, damage the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and undermine the National Environmental Policy Act. One of the worst aspects of this legislation is Title XIV, which consists of Representative Bishop’s H.R. 1505, the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act. This bill Grants U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) immediate and unlimited access to ALL lands managed by the Departments of Interior and Agriculture anywhere in the county to achieve “operational control” of U.S. borders. It also waives some 36 environmental and public health and safety laws (Wilderness Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Endangered Species Act, etc.) on public lands within 100 miles of U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico.
As an Arizona citizen, I resent this overstepping of agency authority that puts my special natural resources at risk and threatens the health of clean air and drinking water across the nation. When H.R. 2578 comes to the floor for a vote I urge you to vote against this bill, vote to strike Title XIV -Rep. Bishop’s border provision, and speak on the Floor in opposition to the bill.
Thank you for speaking up to protect our lands, rivers, and forests.