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Re: “EPA chief Pruitt in Arkansas pushing end to clean air and water rules

Heres Trumps plan to gut your Clean Water safeguards--You Must Take Action Now or 1 in 3 Americans will loose critical Clean Water drinking protections: https://act.americanrivers.org/page/1597/action/1

Step 1, Done. Appoint Pruitt to the EPA, who sued EPA to block the Clean Water Rule from being implemented.

Step 2. On-going. Spread lies about the Clean Water Rule to drum up opposition:

Trump said the rule is hurting farmers and ranchers. Its prohibiting them from being allowed to do what theyre supposed to be doing. Its been a disaster. It seeks to regulate nearly every puddle... If you want to build a new home, for example, you have to worry about getting hit with a huge fine if you fill in as much as a puddle, just a puddle on your lot [the Rule treats] small farmers and small businesses as if they were a major industrial polluter.

Truth:
The rule has not been implemented because its under judicial review.
The Clean Water Rule clearly states that it does not regulate: Puddles, Most Ditches; Farm Ponds, Erosional Features; and or Water in Tile Drains Rule text 230.3(s)(2).
The Clean Water Rule Does Not Change Policy on Irrigation and Does Not Change Exemptions For Agriculture. In fact the Rule gave new first-time-ever codified exemptions in response to farmer stakeholders requests! Trump must be hoping farmers are too busy working hard to have time to read the Rule for themselves.

Trump cited a case in which the EPA fined a Wyoming rancher for digging a small watering hole for his cattle.

Truth: Before the Rule, that rancher was found to have violated the Clean Water Act, by filling 40 feet of a stream to create a dam, this flooded a stretch of creek the length of 2.5 football fields. Congress has specifically demanded that such activity requires a permit, to protect the public from individuals damming streams for personal use and causing untold consequences for other users. In 2016 the landowner agreed to take action to mitigate the dams impacts.

Trump said the rule represents a massive power grab.
Truth: The Rule protects less not more waters then historically protectedbecause it had to take into account the Supreme Courts rulings. The Rulemaking didnt and cant expand beyond --or even restore-- the historic extent and intent of the 1971 congress in passing the Clean Water Act--only congress can restore it.

Step 3, Happening Now. Repeal the Clean Water Rule:
a) Trump-Pruit EPA has submitted their repeal of the Rule. They proposed a tiny comment period -to subvert public input --insulting the million people who commented and took part in the former Clean Water Rulemaking process.

b) Alarmingly, to give the false illusion that the costs (to his recklessly self-motivated business buddies) outweigh the benefits of retaining Clean Water protections, they just removed 88-90% of the benefits from the original Economic Analysis!

As parents, we all know the benefits of maintaining safe drinking water and avoiding developmental problems in our kids are higher than just about any conceivable cost. Its horrific to eliminate the benefits of regulation with the intent of giving the illusion they are outweighed by the costs (forgone profits of polluters). The American Academy of Pediatrics stated [we are] deeply alarmed that the EPAs decision to allow the continued use of chlorpyrifos contradicts the agencys own science and puts developing fetuses, infants, children, and pregnant women at risk.

Step 4, Happening Now. Have Congress effectively modify the law to make it easier to get away with these plans by adding riders to the spending bill as well as stand alone bills.

Trumps rollback plan will destroy Americas most scared resource--our childrens heritage of clean water.

I am counting on you to add your name in support of Clean Water-- we must communicate to our elected officials that we expect them guarantee our protections! Join our team of heroesit only takes a few minutes to make your voice heard!

Heather Wylie
USACE Whistle Blower, Mother, Scientist and Defender of Our Waters

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Posted by Heather Wylie on 07/28/2017 at 1:58 PM

 

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