EPA Seeks Input on Reducing Regulatory Burden

Posted on May 1, 2017 by

The EPA wants to know what you think about rolling back the regulations that keep our water clean and safe.

On February 24, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13777, which established a federal policy “to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens” on the American people. Among other things, this executive order requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to identify regulations that could be repealed, replaced, or modified, and the agency is asking for your help identifying such regulations.

EPA regulations (rules) are a protection, not a burden. You and I rely on them to safeguard our water from our beaches to our tap. Please take a moment to share your story on how the federal regulations that protect our waters have improved your life, and what your community would be like without them.

To simplify things, we’ve identified several categories of regulations that keep our water clean and safe:

  • Rules that regulate the quality of our drinking water;

  • Rules that limit the spread of invasive species like Asian Carp and Zebra Mussels;

  • Rules that prevent untreated wastewater from being dumped into our waterways;

  • Rules that limit pollution of our lakes and streams;

  • Rules that minimize destruction of our fragile wetlands;

  • Rules that regulate the amount of water that can be withdrawn from the Great Lakes Basin and transported outside it;

  • Rules that regulate how oil and gas can be transported, including underwater pipelines.

Please submit a comment to the EPA about the importance of these regulations. We encourage you to focus your comment on one category, and to make that comment personal and substantive. Tell a story, and explain how eliminating these rules would affect you.

Comments are only open through May 15, 2017. Click here to tell the EPA to keep our water clean and safe!


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