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Fri Jan 24, 2020, 07:11 PM

Trump rollback could leave waterways vulnerable to pollution

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Source: NBC

The Trump administration on Thursday ended federal protection for many of the nation's millions of miles of streams, arroyos and wetlands, a sweeping environmental rollback that could leave the waterways more vulnerable to pollution from development, industry and farms.

The policy change, signed by heads of the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, narrows the types of waterways that qualify for federal protection under the half-century-old Clean Water Act.

Since his first weeks in office, President Donald Trump has targeted environmental and public health regulations that he says imposed unnecessary burdens on business. Speaking to farmers in Texas on Sunday, Trump repeated his frequent charge that an Obama-era attempt in 2015 to more clearly define what water bodies qualify for federal pollution protection was “one of the most ridiculous regulations of all.""

Thursday's changes to the clean water rule have long been sought by builders, oil and gas developers, farmers and others. But environmental groups and public-health advocates say the rollback will allow businesses to dump pollutants into newly federally unprotected waterways and fill in some wetlands, threatening public water supplies downstream and harming wildlife and habitat.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/trump-rollback-could-leave-waterways-vulnerable-pollution-n1122481

This is only a couple of days after he tried to claim environmental credentials at Davos by saying the US had the cleanest water on Earth. Not if he has anything to do with it ...

It won't surprise you that:

Yesterday's rule follows a scathing commentary issued last month by EPA's own advisers that elements of the proposed WOTUS replacement were "in conflict with established science" and a court ruling last summer that upheld Justice Kennedy's approach to Clean Water Act protections (Greenwire Aug. 22, 2019).


The BBC had a quote from Bush's EPA chief, Christine Todd Whitman, condemning the new rule too.

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Fri Jan 24, 2020, 08:08 PM

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