So much for clean water in the Trump Era

❝ The Environmental Protection Agency is set Thursday to announce the repeal of the Obama-era Waters of the United States rule that extended federal authority and protections to streams and wetlands, according to a source familiar with the details of the announcement.

The announcement took place at the National Association of Manufacturers, a trade group in Washington, DC, that has lobbied against the Obama rule and whose legal arm previously sued to block it.

❝ President Donald Trump has repeatedly called clean water a priority for his administration. “We want crystal clean water and that’s what we’re doing and that’s what we’re working on so hard…”

Just another Trumpublican lie. Anyone surprised?

2 thoughts on “So much for clean water in the Trump Era

  1. p/s says:

    “America’s Drinking Water Is Surprisingly Easy to Poison
    The cyberbreach at a plant in Oldsmar, Florida, which could have resulted in a mass poisoning, was a reminder of a disturbing reality: Despite a decade of warnings, thousands of water systems around the country are still at risk.” https://www.propublica.org/article/hacking-water-systems
    See also “Ecobot Provides Perspective on Biden Administration Impact on Environmental Regulation” https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ecobot-provides-perspective-biden-administration-110000345.html

  2. Update says:

    A federal judge has thrown out a Trump-era rule that ended federal protections for hundreds of thousands of small streams, wetlands and other waterways and left them vulnerable to pollution from nearby development.
    The Biden administration had already said it plans to repeal the Trump-era rule and issue new regulations defining which waterways are federally protected under the Clean Water Act. But the Trump rule remained in place in the meantime, and environmental groups, Native American tribes and others said it could lead to the loss of wetlands, damage wildlife habitat and allow businesses and farmers to pollute waterways.
    U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Marquez in Arizona, an Obama appointee, sided with those groups on Monday, determining that the Trump administration’s rule last year improperly limited the scope of clean water protections. Marquez said the Environmental Protection Agency had ignored its own findings that small waterways can affect the well-being of the larger waterways they flow into.
    The EPA, now headed by Biden appointee Michael Regan, said it is reviewing the decision and declined to comment. In June, Regan said the agency planned to issue a new rule that protects water quality while not overly burdening small farmers. https://fronterasdesk.org/content/1713175/judge-tosses-trump-rollback-clean-water-safeguards

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