Trump the laziest POTUS ever, but he sure can get off his ass to get rid of things Obama did. That seems to be goal #1.
He replaced The Clean Power Plan in June, eliminating Obama-era environmental regulations aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Trump gave his first White House speech about the environment a couple of weeks later surrounded by fossil fuel supporters and donors never once uttering the words
In August he killed The Endangered Species Act — credited with saving the American alligator. Now The Clean Water Act is next.
John Devine, director of federal water policy at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)says
“It will be easier to pollute and destroy the water we drink, fish, and swim in. The wetlands that filter pollutants, act as flood buffers, and serve as a home for wildlife are at risk.”
The Obama administration expanded the list of protected streams and wetlands in 2015 placing limits on the pollutants used near tributaries. Obama set a fine of $50,000 per day for any business in violation of the law.
The coming Trump replacement, unveiled by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler last December, would protect only
“certain” ditches, lakes, and ponds. Groundwater, stormwater, farm ditches, and waste treatment facilities would also no longer be considered “waters of the United States.”
Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity says this week’s change is only the first in a two-step process. First comes the repeal, then a replacement to further weakens clean-water protections. Wetlands that don’t meet new requirements set by the Trump administration will no longer be protected. Hartyl says
“This is a step in the wrong direction. It resets us to a set of regulations from 1986. The storm is still coming.”
Former Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter‘s new email magazine AirMail nailed the whole mess in one line…