Friday, 24 March, 2017

Trump to Dismantle Clean Water Protections

Trump to Sign Executive Order Seeking to Roll Back Obama-era EPA Water Rule Trump to sign executive orders repealing Obama-era regulations on guns, water
Preston Stone | 01 March, 2017, 00:16

White House officials familiar with the matter say President Donald Trump will sign a measure later today that directs regulators to review the embattled Waters of the United States rule - commonly known in the agriculture industry as WOTUS. Covering 60 percent of US waterways, it included smaller creeks, wetlands and other water bodies for protection under the Clean Water Act - but was met with resistance from property owners, farmers and others.

Trump will sign the executive orders in back-to-back signing ceremonies at the White House on Tuesday.

The president called the rule "one of the worst examples of federal regulations", saying it burdened farmers, ranchers and homebuilders by extending the EPA's authority to "include any puddle".

The rule clarified (and arguably expanded) the EPA's ability to regulate pollution in major bodies of water, as well as the smaller streams and tributaries that flow into them.

Later Tuesday, Trump was expected to sign another executive order created to assist historically black colleges and universities. Add to that the confusion from the guidance itself that contributed to the conclusion that EPA and the corps simply needed to write a new rule to sort it all out. WOTUS would allow the EPA to determine which wetlands fall under federal clean water protections.

"We are looking forward to working with the new administrator and his team on rebalancing the state/ federal relationship". Under the rule, the smallest pond or ditch could be declared a federal waterway. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the USA rule.

Kyle Lowry out for at least rest of regular season
The Raptors have already completed their regular season series with Boston, going 3-1 against the C's. The C's now occupy the second seed in the east, with the Raptors and Wizards both three games behind.

Scott Pruitt, Trump's EPA head, sued that agency when he was Oklahoma's attorney general in order to block to Clean Water rule.

The move is the beginning of what will be a broad effort by Mr. Trump to use executive power to undo many Obama administration initiatives on climate change and the environment.

"These abuses were why such incredible opposition to this rule", Trump said. We all share the goal of promoting clean and safe drinking water for our citizens, but there are better ways to protect our waters than this federal regulation.

Property owners, meanwhile, will continue to grapple with the question of whether they need a Clean Water Act permit for activities on their land.

Trump's advisers say he will use his prime-time speech Tuesday to declare early progress on his campaign promises, including withdrawing the USA from a sweeping Pacific Rim trade pact, and to map a path ahead on thorny legislative priorities, including health care and infrastructure spending.

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