President Trump is attacking an Obama era clean water rule in an effort that will place in jeopardy the status of clean drinking water for 100 million Americans.
Trump described his order as rolling back regulations, “It’s a horrible, horrible rule. Has sort of a nice name, but everything else is bad. The Clean Water Act says that the EPA can regulate navigable waters, meaning waters that truly affect interstate commerce. But a few years ago, the EPA decided that navigable waters can mean nearly every puddle or every ditch on a farmer’s land, or any place else that they decide.”
The part that Trump left out of his statement is that his order jeopardizes 60% of America’s clean water bodies.
BlueGreen Executive Director Kim Glas explained what the Trump order really does, “Protecting our waters, the most sacred of our natural resources, is simply common sense. Today’s executive order, designed to gut the Clean Water Rule, puts the health of 60 percent of America’s water bodies and drinking water for millions of Americans at risk of pollution. Hundreds of thousands of miles of ecosystems are now squarely in the crosshairs of bad actors, endangering the health of our environment and citizens. Keeping our environment clean and healthy strengthens communities and the economy. Today’s executive order is a clear indication from the Trump administration that our environment and our people come second to big business interests.”
Tuesday’s order was another action that endangers access to safe drinking water for the American people. The Trump administration has revealed that it places corporate profits ahead of the good of the people.
Access to clean water is a necessity for human life, and Donald Trump has put clean water at risk for almost 1/3 of the US population. Trump isn’t just a bad president. His agenda is creating a public health risk.