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Wed Jun 9, 2021, 03:46 PM

Biden moves to restore clean-water safeguards ended by Trump

Source: AP

By MATTHEW DALY

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration began legal action Wednesday to repeal a Trump-era rule that ended federal protections for hundreds of thousands of small streams, wetlands and other waterways, leaving them more vulnerable to pollution from development, industry and farms.

The rule — sometimes referred to as “waters of the United States” or WOTUS — narrowed the types of waterways that qualify for federal protection under the Clean Water Act. It was one of hundreds of rollbacks of environmental and public health regulations under President Donald Trump, who said the rules imposed unnecessary burdens on business.

The Trump-era rule, finalized last year, was long sought by builders, oil and gas developers, farmers and others who complained about federal overreach that they said stretched into gullies, creeks and ravines on farmland and other private property.

Environmental groups and public health advocates said the rollback approved under Trump has allowed businesses to dump pollutants into unprotected waterways and fill in some wetlands, threatening public water supplies downstream and harming wildlife and habitat. The Trump-era rule resulted in a 25% reduction in the number of streams and wetlands that are afforded federal protection, said Jaime Pinkham, acting assistant Army secretary for civil works.



EPA Administrator Michael Regan speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


Read more: https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-joe-biden-health-business-environment-and-nature-acc83506e0589c8ee0bd727e3696a155

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Wed Jun 9, 2021, 04:25 PM

1. Kicked with gusto!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 05:20 PM

2. Republicans want to destroy everything including our water

It is a matter of life and death to keep republicans from taking over the USA.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 05:21 PM

3. Good

 

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Response to JoeDav (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 28, 2021, 01:40 AM

7. welcome to DU

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 05:50 PM

4. See, No difference in political parties.

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Response to OneCrazyDiamond (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 9, 2021, 11:22 PM

6. yeah, really.






On a rare occasion (?3xs over 40+ yrs) I've gotten into near yelling matches in public over this kind of BS!!!!!

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Wed Jun 9, 2021, 08:28 PM

5. Kick and recommend.

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