September 12, 2019
Today, the Trump administration made final its first step in the process of weakening protections for clean water provided by the 2015 Clean Water Rule. This action repeals the 2015 rule leaving in place outdated and insufficient guidance. The administration’s weak and unscientific proposed replacement for the 2015 rule is pending.
STATEMENT BY HOWARD A. LEARNER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & POLICY CENTER
“The Trump Administration’s repeal of the Clean Water Rule creates uncertainty and unnecessarily removes protections for community rivers, wetlands and streams that make our Midwest communities great places to live,” said Learner. “This misguided rollback of clean water protections puts safe drinking water, public health, and wildlife and fish habitats at risk. The Administration is taking us backwards when it comes to achieving the goals of the Clean Water Act.”