LA Times Agrees: Let’s Preserve CA

We would like to thank the LA Times Editorial Board for its August 23 Opinion piece, “Don’t let Trump roll back California’s environmental gains”.

State leaders, along with environmental groups, have already begun fighting in court to stop the administration from reversing national environmental policies. But they can also prevent backsliding on environmental regulations and enforcement at home by adopting SB 49, the California Environmental Defense Act.

LA Waterkeeper is a strong supporter of the aforementioned legislation, Senate Bill 49, authored by local legislators Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles) and Senator Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park).

Picture2Part of the “Preserve California” legislative package, SB 49 makes current federal clean air, climate, clean water, worker safety, and endangered species standards enforceable under state law, even if the federal government rolls back or weakens those standards. It also safeguards the the private right of action (also known as the citizen suit provision)–an important tool we often use on behalf of our members to ensure environmental laws are followed and our waterways are protected. As a result of suits we have brought, the City of LA has achieved a 90% reduction in sewage spills; pollution coming off from our roads, homes and businesses have been dramatically reduced over the past 20 years; billions of dollars have been invested in green infrastructure projects (with corresponding jobs created); and millions of dollars have gone to local nonprofits for projects to remediate past pollution practices.

Thank you to Senate Pro Tem de León for championing this important legislation, all our elected officials who have supported the measure to date, and the LA Times for recognizing how critical SB 49 is in safeguarding California’s environment from unprecedented federal assaults!

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