The Washington Post reports:
Weakening the Obama-era water rule had been a central campaign pledge for Mr. Trump, who characterized it as a federal land-grab that impinged on the rights of farmers, rural landowners and real estate developers to use their property as they see fit.
Environmentalists say Mr. Trump’s push to loosen rules on clean water regulations represents an assault on protecting the nation’s streams and wetlands at a moment when Mr. Trump has repeatedly declared his commitment to “crystal-clean water.”
The clean water rollback is the latest in a series of actions by the Trump administration to weaken or undo major environmental rules, including proposals to weaken regulations on planet-warming emissions from cars, power plants and oil and gas drilling rigs, a series of moves designed to push new drilling in the vast Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and efforts to weaken protections under the Endangered Species Act.
Breaking News: The Trump administration will finalize the repeal of a clean water regulation that limits the use of polluting chemicals near bodies of water https://t.co/htVvJYWVar
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 12, 2019
SCOOP: Today U.S. water pollution rules for wetlands and streams return to those set in 1986, the year "Pretty in Pink" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" came out. That's because @EPA is finalizing its repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule. W/ @brady_dennis https://t.co/Gn9UGlMZ9Q
— Juliet Eilperin (@eilperin) September 12, 2019
#ToxicTrump is repealing the Obama-era water rule and rolling us backwards to 1986 water-pollution standards.
Loss for clean water and wetlands. Win for developers, oil and gas donors, miners, and toxic waste dumpers. ☠️ ☠️ https://t.co/bMLydtC654
— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) September 12, 2019
The Environmental Protection Agency is set to announce the repeal of the Obama-era Waters of the United States rule that extended federal authority and protections to streams and wetlands, a source says https://t.co/Uu1mzpYBkL
— CNN (@CNN) September 11, 2019