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Senators Push Back on the Dirty Water Rule

Posted on May 23, 2019 by

At the end of last year, the Trump Administration proposed a rule that would gut Obama era regulations on streams and wetlands known as the Clean Water Rule. The new proposal, dubbed by environmentalists as the Dirty Water Rule, would eliminate federal protections for half the nation’s wetlands and miles of streams. The comment period for the proposal closed this week but not before some senators made their opposition to the proposal known.

On April 15th, Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and other senators wrote a letter that outlined their support for ephemeral (intermittent) streams and wetlands and urged the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to deny the Dirty Water Rule Proposal. The rule would affect millions of peoples’ drinking water. Unlike the Clean Water Rule, the Dirty Water proposal is not based in science or hydrology but rather guided by industry desire for less regulation.

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