Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, has introduced the Clean Water for All Act to prohibit the implementation of Trump administration clean water regulations.
DeFazio called the April 21 final rule "the most draconian rollback of clean water protections in the history of the Clean Water Act." In addition, the bill requires the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to start over and develop a new regulation to protect rivers, streams and wetlands.
Trump administration clean water rules jeopardize the drinking water of American households and "radically reinterprets decades-old Clean Water Act protections endorsed by Republican and Democratic administrations alike," DeFazio said. The Trump administration rule eliminates federal clean water protections on as many as 60% of stream miles in the lower 48 states, he said.
“By removing critical protections at the behest of industry, Trump’s Dirty Water Rule will make streams and waterways more vulnerable to pollution, which is devastating for the 117 million Americans who rely on these waterways for drinking water," DeFazio said. "I have been sounding the alarm on this plan for months, but we can’t wait any longer to act. That’s why I’ve introduced the Clean Water for All Act, legislation to block the Dirty Water Rule from taking effect. I remember the bad old days when American rivers were so polluted they literally caught fire and couldn’t sustain life. Back then, Americans demanded the federal government and Congress establish regulations to protect our rivers and streams – and now they are calling on us to block Trump’s Dirty Water Rule from moving forward.”
Supporters of the Clean Water for All Act include:
- American Rivers
- American Sustainable Business Council
- Clean Water Action
- Environment America
- Environmental Law and Policy Center
- League of Conservation Voters
- National Parks Conservation Association
- National Wildlife Federation
- Natural Resources Defense Council
- Sierra Club
- Southern Environmental Law Center
- Trout Unlimited
"We want swimmable beaches, clean drinking water and healthy fishing streams,” said Gina McCarthy, president and CEO of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “This bill upholds longstanding, science-based protections for waterways and wetlands around this country that provide critical nurseries for fish, trap dangerous flood water and filter pollution, and feed communities’ drinking water supplies.”