EPA to Change Protection of Some U.S. Waters
THE EPA IS EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE A ROLL BACK OF THE CLEAN WATER ACT
(CNN) – The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce policy changes that would likely allow more dumping into waterways Tuesday.
The expected changes would reduce which bodies of water are protected under the clean water act.
That’s the federal law that forbids discharging pollutants into navigable waters.
In 2015, the Obama administration expanded the definition of what bodies of water were covered to include streams and wetlands.
President Trump has been calling for an end to that definition, called the Waters of the United States rule since 2016.
The Trump administration published a new rule erasing Obama’s expanded definition earlier this year.
But then a federal judge issued an injunction against that action, restoring the 2015 expanded protections.