Friday, June 23, 2006

Bill aims to make national water standards voluntary

The Small System Safe Drinking Water Act makes it voluntary for plumbing companies to comply with national standards. The introduction of the act announces that it's intention is to, "to prevent the enforcement of certain national primary drinking water regulations unless sufficient funding is available or variance technology has been identified."

If your water is tainted with lead, there isn't much you can do about it. The manufacturer probably won't be liable and probably can't be sued.

This bill has been sponsored by James Inhofe (R-OK). Here is the THOMAS record on the bill.

Inhofe is the guy who recently said on the Senate floor that he was proud that there have
never been a recorded case of divorce or homosexuality in his family. (Odd choice of the qualifier "recorded" wouldn't you think???)

More importantly, Inhofe said in 2004 about the emerging Iraqi/detainee abuse allegations (that later proved to be true):

If we have Iraqis locked up and if we are torturing them, they must deserve it, and it's a shame and a scandal that we're giving the Department of Defense a hard time over this trifle when they're out there protecting the flag and whatever. The fact that we have those Iraqis locked up is all the proof we need of their guilt, so they are only receiving punishment they've earned.

Inhofe has also gone on the record regarding global warming in a July 2003 press release: INHOFE DELIVERS MAJOR SPEECH ON THE SCIENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE “
Catastrophic global warming alarmism not based on objective science

Thank you Oklahoma for giving us this gem.

It should also be noted that the Small System Safe Drinking Water Act has three cosponsors:

Pete V. Domenici (R-NM)
Chuck Hagel (R-NE)
E. Benjamin Nelson (D-NE)


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