WASHINGTON - The Trump Administration will propose today to gut key safeguards in the Clean Water Act. The Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers are set to issue a proposed rule that would exempt oil drillers, industrial sites, developers and other polluters from programs that protect critical water bodies from harm.
The following is a statement by Jon Devine, director for the Federal Water Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council:
“The Trump administration will stop at nothing to reward polluting industries and endanger our most treasured resources.
“Given the problems facing our lakes, streams and wetlands from the beaches of Florida to the drinking water of Toledo, now is the time to strengthen protections for our waterways, not weaken them.
“This proposal is reckless, and we will fight to ensure it never goes into effect.”
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