And environmentalists are upset: TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO STRIP CLEAN WATER ACT PROTECTIONS
The Trump administration today will strip Clean Water Act protections for more than half the nation’s wetlands and millions of miles of streams– numbers confirmed by the administration’s own analysis. The cuts put drinking water sources for millions of people in the U.S. at risk and jeopardize the ability to counter floods, droughts, toxic algal blooms, groundwater depletion and other worsening water issues driven by the climate crisis.Chesapeake Bay Foundation calls cutback of waterway protections 'assault on environment'
The Clean Water Act rollbacks are the latest in a series of efforts by the Trump administration to gut critical health and environmental protections, including the National Environmental Policy Act and the expected rollback of the clean car standards.
Kelsey Hillner, federal organizer for VCN, issued the following statement:
“The Dirty Water Rule is a radical reinterpretation of the Clean Water Act and yet another careless rollback from the federal government. Instead of protecting our water resources, it will put drinking water at risk by wiping out basic protections for wetlands, streams, and drinking water sources across the country. This new law ignores science, the law, and public opinion, leaving us vulnerable to corporate interests that harm the environment and our health. “
The Trump administration made a major announcement Thursday, rolling back Clean Water Act policies that give federal protections to certain waterways in the U.S.Actually, the rule change merely takes us back to the understanding before the Obama Administration, when the Clean Water Act was taken to cover, as specified in the legislation, the navigable waters of the United States. Under the Obama administration, and without legislative agreement, the EPA essentially claimed jurisdiction over all land that was occasionally under water; every dry stream, lake, puddle, or temporary wet land, virtually all the land in the United States at some time or another.
Millions of miles of arroyos, streams and wetlands will no longer be protected in a move that the EPA Administration and the President claim lifts unnecessary burdens for infrastructure and business development and farmers.
It's something President Trump has promised to do since arriving in office.
However, the move is drawing intense criticism from environmental groups including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
"It's an assault on our protection of our waterways that feed into the Chesapeake Bay," Christy Everett, Director of the organization's Hampton Roads arm said.
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