A BAD day for CLEAN WATER in the USA by Trump's revision of the Clean Water Act.
The Southern Environmental Law Centers says:
"Today the Environmental Protection Agency released a new proposal (WOTUS) that, if approved, would remove clean water protections that have been in place for generations. The breadth of this reversal makes it one of the most dangerous proposals for people’s health, clean water, and our economy that we’ve seen from this administration.
“Big polluters could not have crafted a bigger free pass to dump if they wrote it themselves,” said Blan Holman, managing attorney for SELC’s Charleston office. “This administration’s efforts to dismantle the Clean Water Act are a full-frontal assault on one of our country’s most important and longstanding environmental safeguards that has prevented unchecked and unlimited pollution from contaminating our waterways and drinking water sources for nearly 50 years. Protecting the South’s waters against pollution is our top priority. In the face of this serious threat, SELC and our partners will fight this dangerous proposal in court.”
At the urging of big industrial polluters, today’s action would gut essential parts of the Clean Water Act, America’s bedrock environmental law, by removing protections for small streams, tributaries, and wetlands. The proposal is unprecedented in scope and would strip protections against pollution for more than 60 percent of stream miles in the U.S.
If finalized, this proposal could allow more pollution into America’s rivers, lakes, and drinking water sources, which are only as clean as the source waters that feed them. Without upstream safeguards in place, the waters that more than 20 million Southerners depend on for drinking water, and that support more than $12 billion in Southeast tourism annually, would be at risk. These are waterways where families picnic and fish, and many escape from the pressures of everyday.
The administration has been telegraphing this attack on the Clean Water Act starting with an Executive Order issued in February 2017, and SELC has led a region-wide campaign to raise awareness of the assault and activate citizens who depend upon clean water. In fall 2018, SELC and partners delivered a petition from tens of thousands of Southerners asking the administration not to move forward with this risky proposal.
Now there will be another critical chance for the public to weigh in. EPA is required by law to ask for and consider public comments before finalizing its proposal. Citizen comments supporting clean water are critically important. Once the public comment period opens in the coming days, SELC will be leading the charge with our partners across the region to mobilize as many public comments as possible.
The Clean Water Act was enacted nearly 50 years ago with strong bipartisan support from a Congress that had witnessed rivers ignite and riverbanks empty of visitors as pollution moved in. Many Americans can’t remember a time when our waterways were so polluted, but that’s not a reason to take these protections for granted – it’s a reason to keep them in place. Watch for information at ProtectSouthernWater.com in the coming weeks about how you can help us protect clean water across the South and the nation."
from the Southern Environmental Law Center website, Dec. 11, 2018
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Please visit the EPA website to make comments. Tell the Trump administration you do not support the changes they made to the Clean Water Act., what they are calling Water of the United States (WOTUS). We demand protection of our water, streams and wetlands....all 3.5 million miles of them. We do not support Trump's WOTUS ruling (Water of the United States).
Thanks. Heather Main
Once the public comment period opens, the public is encouraged to submit written comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2018-0149, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. General guidance on making effective comments is available at EPA's Commenting on EPA Dockets.