A Resounding "NO" - Americans Reject The Trump Administration's Plan to Gut Protections for Drinking Water
Washington, D.C. - Despite a short comment period designed to depress public participation, more than 540,000 Americans have rejected the proposal from President Trump's EPA to repeal the landmark Clean Water Rule. The people who commented and demanded that EPA withdraw the reckless proposal come from every state and represent a broad cross section of Americans including small-business owners, community leaders, conservationists, public health professionals, advocates, and more.
Clean Water Action President and CEO Bob Wendelgass released the following statement:
"This should settle the debate ─ Americans want to protect clean water. We don't want to make it easier for polluters to destroy the streams and wetlands we rely on to feed drinking water sources, recharge groundwater, and protect our communities from flooding."
"From the time it was first proposed, to each attack from Republicans in Congress, to the current misguided repeal effort, the public has spoken out for the Clean Water Rule. Scott Pruitt knows how unpopular the proposal is with the public ─ that's why he tried to shut Americans out of the process by keeping the comment period short to limit the number of comments. Unfortunately for Scott Pruitt, while he was starring in videos for lobbyists who have tried to kill the Clean Water Rule and other commonsense safeguards for our water and health, Clean Water Action and our allies were engaging people who are concerned about their water and mobilizing communities, small businesses, and individuals to oppose the dangerous proposal to gut protections for clean water. Clean Water Action members contributed more than 30,000 hand written letters and postcards in opposition to this repeal."
"We know this fight isn't over ─Scott Pruitt has shown that he cares more about the industries who supported his campaigns before he became EPA Administrator than he does about the American public. We expect that he'll continue to push for weaker safeguards and we're going to do everything we can to get in his way and slow down his dangerous dirty water agenda."
Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. We will protect clean water in the face of attacks from a polluter friendly Administration and Congress.