Clean water is not a partisan issue. Along with clean air and soil, water is a necessity for our communities, commerce and literally all life. Regretfully the Trump administration believes that laws enacted to protect our water from sewage, lead, mercury and other pollutants may be ‘burdensome.’ What they mean is they are considering putting money before health and environment.
Responding to Executive Order 13777, the Environmental Protection Agency is asked the public to give feedback on regulations “that could be repealed, replaced, or modified to make them less burdensome.”
Our response is that clean water is not a burden and we must retain the EPA protections that preserve our health, communities, industries, municipalities, families, recreation, and wildlife. This this sentiment has been echoed by tens of thousands of people responding to EPA’s request. This includes 1,330 of our e-supporters that told EPA to not roll back our vital protections.
Here are GRN’s comments to EPA.
This is just the latest of many attacks we will see against clean water rules and regulations. While some in the administration want to see the country go back to robber-baron era of the late 19th century, I know Gulf residents see the value in everyone having access to clean water for drinking, fishing, and swimming.
Matt is GRN’s Senior Policy Director