STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT: Environmental Protection Agency
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                          (Camp David, Maryland)

For Immediate Release                                         July 11, 2000

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

Today?s action by the Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen water
quality protections nationwide is a critical, common-sense step to ensure
clean, safe water for all Americans.  While we have made tremendous
progress over the past quarter-century, too many of our rivers, lakes and
bays are still too polluted for fishing or swimming.  With the new strategy
we launch today, we will work in close partnership with states and
communities to tackle our remaining pollution threats and complete the job
of cleaning up America?s precious waterways.


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