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Chair DeFazio Responds to Trump Administration’s Devastating Rollback of Clean Water Protections

Jan 23, 2020
Press Release

Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) responded to the Trump Administration’s announcement that it will rollback clean water protections included in the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s own documents, this rollback will eliminate clean water protections on between 18 to 71 percent of the Nation’s streams and river miles, and over 50 percent of wetlands.

“Another day, another attack on our clean water protections. The Trump Administration’s announcement that it plans to further dismantle environmental protections for streams and wetlands at the behest of industry is far from unexpected, but disappointing, nonetheless,” Chair DeFazio said. “The Administration claims this proposed rule will cut red tape, but at the same time concedes the rule is so complicated you’ll likely need to hire a consultant to understand if you are regulated or not. Today, Americans are more concerned about water pollution than at any time this century and should overwhelmingly reject President Trump’s war on the Clean Water Act that threatens the drinking water of 117 million Americans. All Americans deserve clean water.  I’ll continue to fight this destructive plan in Congress and through my committee, because in the United States of America, access to clean water is a right that must be protected.”

For more information on the impacts of the Clean Water Protections rollback, read a background memo from the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Majority Staff here.