The battle over protecting clean water is on.
The Trump administration is moving to roll back an environmental rule intended to define which small bodies of water are subject to federal authority under the Clean Water Act. President Trump signed documents Tuesday directing the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to review the Obama administration’s “Waters of the United States” rule. In doing so, Trump said he is “paving the way for the elimination” of the rule. He asked for the reviewers to assess its consistency with “promoting economic growth” and “minimizing regulatory uncertainty,” among other factors. Merrit Kennedy and Susan Phillips reports. (NPR)
See also: Environmentalists: Trump’s Clean Water Rollback Will Harm Northwest Streams http://www.opb.org/news/article/environmentalists-clean-water-rollback-will-harm-northwest-streams/ Courtney Flatt reports. (WNPR/EarthFix)