Scott Pruitt's Inadequate Proposal Will Put Our Water At Risk
Washington, D.C. -- Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted its proposed rewrite of the 2015 Clean Water Rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget. This is the second step in EPA's process to repeal and replace the original Clean Water Rule. The first step, the proposed repeal, has yet to be completed. EPA is still sifting through hundreds of thousands of public comments in opposition to the scheme to undo the Rule and advocates expect to mobilize hundreds of thousands of comments in opposition to the agency's proposed replacement.
Clean Water Action's National Water Programs Director, Jennifer Peters, released the following statement:
"Though we haven't seen the proposal, based on statements from Administrator Pruitt and others, we expect that it will protect far fewer vital water resources than the 2015 Clean Water Rule it is intended to replace. Administrator Pruitt has indicated his proposal follows a very narrow interpretation of the Clean Water Act, which would allow fossil fuel companies and other industries to pollute or destroy small streams and wetlands, which puts all of our nation’s waters at risk, including the drinking water sources for one in three people.
Scott Pruitt has spent his time as EPA Administrator parroting the same misleading industry talking points about the Clean Water Rule that he did when he was Attorney General of Oklahoma. Instead of conducting a robust outreach campaign Pruitt has ignored anyone who disagrees with his destructive agenda, which is the majority of the public. Scott Pruitt has made it clear that he works for the corporate polluters and special interests that have funded his political career, not the American people.
If Scott Pruitt was truly concerned with protecting clean water and providing clarity to small businesses and communities, he would stop this scheme to gut vital safeguards for drinking water sources and direct EPA to implement the 2015 Rule. The 2015 Clean Water Rule is supported by sound science, grounded in the law, and immensely popular — his proposals to cancel the Rule and replace it with weaker protections for clean water are not. He hasn't been able to justify the repeal of the 2015 Rule and he won't be able to convince the public that his replacement is good enough for our water or our health. We're going to do everything we can to stop this outrageous proposal -- and we'll be joined by millions of Americans."
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.