On Tuesday, February 28th, 2017, President Donald Trump signed another one of his multiple executive orders into existence. Only this time, he’s targeting our clean water supplies.
Along with repealing the Stream Protection Rule, this ruling would redefine what is considered protected water resources as defined by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Here’s the problem: the Clean Water Act was brought to the table in the first place because it protected the very streams and wetlands that form this planet’s water supply foundation. These are the same streams, rivers, tributaries, and lakes that aid us in our drinking water, aid us in maintaining our flora and fauna, and help firefighters contain forest fires that burn for hundreds of acres.
Imagine what would happen if, all of a sudden, businesses and factories were able to dump waste, oil, and litter into our natural water sources without penalty. This rule is helping maintain the integrity of our nation’s navigable waters, and Trump has repealed that protection.
Many people believed that this rule, after it was first established, would give the government permission to swoop in and fine landowners every time their cow walked through a puddle or ditch. Many Republicans saw it as EPA overreach, and began tying up the regulation in court in an attempt to stop its taking effect.
The Waters of the U.S. rule that Obama fought heavily for was a simple clarification of the Clean Water Act, and simply outlined which bodies of water were automatically covered under the act and which ones still needed to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
And while Trump just can’t repeal this rule (the Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA will have to go through the federal rule-making process to replace it), it is a blatant show of disregard for even the simplest things that this planet has to offer.
No wonder he doesn’t care about people. He can’t even care about his own water.
Watch as Trump signs the executive order and attempts to justify polluting our waters as being a positive impact job-wise on our nation.
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