EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requested comments from the public on regulatory reforms. ELPC doesn’t think that should work only in one direction of rollbacks and cutbacks. ELPC’s comments filed on Monday explain how regulatory reforms should be advanced by improving outdated or ineffective regulations to make them work better to protect public health and the environment.
ELPC attorney Madeline Fleisher’s comments address opportunities for EPA to, for example, adopt updated standards for controlling toxic wastewater discharges from power plants and act to reduce nutrient pollution into rivers and lakes from nitrogen and phosphorus pollution from agricultural operation that help cause toxic algae blooms in some Great Lakes that threaten safe, clean drinking water supplies. Take a quick look. The best defense is a good offense.
The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition also prepared a response to EPA’s call for feedback on reducing regulatory burden, an outcome of Executive Order 13777. This letter outlines environmental and economic reasons for environmental protections in the Great Lakes region and highlights the importance of policies like the Clean Water Act in protecting vulnerable communities.