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State of the Mystic a prime case for a strong Clean Water Act

Residents of Somerville, Medford, Everett, and other communities deserve a Mystic River that’s clean enough to fish or swim in. But we shouldn’t wait until the 2024 Olympics to start taking steps in that direction (“Set 2024 goal for a swimmable Mystic,” Editorial, May 7).

The Clean Water Act, one of our nation’s bedrock environmental laws, has played a major role in the cleanup of the Charles River, Boston Harbor, and other formerly toxic waterways. Unfortunately, in the last 15 years, polluter-led lawsuits have opened up loopholes in the law that jeopardize the progress we’ve made in cleaning up Massachusetts’ rivers and coastal waters as well as future efforts to clean up waterways such as the Mystic.

The US Environmental Protection Agency has recently taken steps to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act, and both of our senators have expressed their strong support.

Let’s hope that Senators Warren and Markey and the rest of our congressional delegation continue to champion efforts to clean up Massachusetts’ waterways.

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Ben Hellerstein
Campaign organizer

Environment Massachusetts

Boston