WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is set to issue rules that would gut critical safeguards in the Clean Water Act, upending decades of protections for streams, wetlands, lakes and rivers, according to news reports. These bodies of water filter pollution, serve as nurseries for fish, act as natural flood barriers, and feed tens of millions of people’s drinking water supplies.
The following is a statement by Gina McCarthy, president and CEO of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC):
“So much for the `crystal clear’ water President Trump promised. You don’t make America great by polluting our drinking water supplies, making our beaches unfit for swimming, and increasing flood risk.
“This effort neglects established science and poses substantial new risks to people’s health and the environment. We will do all we can to fight this attack on clean water. We will not let it stand.”
For more, please see this blog from Jon Devine, the director of federal water policy for NRDC.
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