Trump Administration Action Will Put Water at Risk to Benefit Polluters

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Washington, DC - Today Scott Pruitt and President Trump put drinking water sources at risk. The Environmental Protection Agency announced a draft proposal to repeal  Clean Water Act protections for streams and wetlands that filter pollutants, protect communities from floods, and provide vital habitat for wildlife.

Clean Water Action President and CEO Bob Wendelgass released the following statement in response.

"The only people who benefit from repealing Clean Water Act protections are the special interests who have tried to weaken and gut protections for clean water for decades. Repealing the Clean Water Rule does nothing but increase confusion about what streams and wetlands are protected and put the drinking water for 1 in 3 of us at risk. "

"The Clean Water Rule is essential to public health. It is vital to communities that rely on healthy wetlands and streams to power small businesses and provide drinking water. We're not going to protect clean water by ignoring science and commonsense. Americans understand that - yet President Trump and Scott Pruitt don't seem to."

"More than a million Americans commented on the Clean Water Rule, with nearly 80% supporting strong protections. EPA held over 400 stakeholder meetings, and used the best science to develop the rule. Scott Pruitt wants an end-run around the public because he knows he’s wrong. He knows that we expect our public officials to protect public health and clean water - not make it easier for polluters to harm our water."

"We're going to make sure that Scott Pruitt hears from Americans every step of the way during this reckless and rushed process. Because this is just the start -  Scott Pruitt and the President  aim to attack the heart of the Clean Water Act next. We can't let that happen."

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Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. We will protect clean water in the face of attacks from a polluter friendly Administration and Congress.

Michael Kelly
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