OPPOSE HR 1179 Discouraging Frivolous Lawsuits Act

PROSPEROUS AND POLITICAL RIVERS PROTECT CLEAN WATER

 

Oppose new legislation aimed at protecting polluters not people!

 

Our laws, including the SC Constitution, guarantee parties affected by a permitting decision the right to due process, which includes notice, an opportunity to be heard in a meaningful way and judicial review. Citizens and interested groups have the right to question, submit comments and challenge projects that may cause irreparable harm to the environment, public health and our drinking water.

 

Environmental organizations like Winyah Rivers Foundation are not abusing our legal processes, or wasting taxpayer money and costing jobs. Utilizing the legal avenues established by our laws is not an abuse of process.

 

Our mission is to protect clean water and the rivers in our watershed, to ensure they are fishable, swimmable and drinkable for our families and our future.

 

Our goal is to ensure that over 85,000 citizens have clean, healthy drinking water.  No law should take away their rights’ to protect the 15.43 billions of gallons of water that sustain them.

 

The outdoor recreation and tourism industry is a thriving and critically important sector of South Carolina and our region's economy, generating $18 billion in consumer spending, 201,000 direct SC jobs, $4.7 billion in wages and salaries, and $1 billion in state and local tax revenue. Those are direct local benefits, local revenues and local jobs and they are dependent on a clean and healthy environment.  Our economy will suffer if polluters discharge pollutants into any of our communities’ waters, including wetlands, streams, lakes, and rivers.

 

Let’s show our elected officials how much their constituents cherish the beautiful area in which we live, how much we love to fish and swim and paddle on our local rivers, and how important clean water and a healthy environment is to us all.

 

OPPOSE HR 1179 Discouraging Frivolous Lawsuits Act