Dirty Water in the White House; Polluter Crony at EPA

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Washington, D.C. - President Trump today signed an executive order to start the process to withdraw protections for some streams, wetlands and other water bodies that play a critical role in preventing floods, filtering pollution and feeding drinking water sources. Clean Water Action President and CEO Bob Wendelgass released the following statement.

"This Dirty Water Order is dangerous, counterproductive, and ridiculous. It shows that President Trump is a snake oil salesman who used drinking water as an empty talking point to get votes. His Dirty Water Order will be a massive waste of taxpayer dollars and puts our nation’s vital water resources, including the drinking water sources for 117 million Americans, at risk."

"President Trump is clearly more interested in putting polluter profits first - earlier this month he signed away basic protections for streams  from coal mining waste and today he released his Dirty Water Order. The President and Scott Pruitt and Republicans in Congress don't get it. We don't get clean water by gutting protections for streams and wetlands, which are part of our water infrastructure. We can't support small businesses by putting the infrastructure they rely on at risk of destruction. And we won't protect public health by ignoring science."


Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. We will protect clean water in the face of attacks from a polluter friendly Administration and Congress.

Michael Kelly