The "Dirty Water Rule." That's what we call President Trump's disastrous new move to gut clean water safeguards and give fossil fuel giants, factory farms, and other industrial polluters a green light to pollute thousands of critical waterways that feed our drinking water supplies, support an enormous recreational economy, and help prevent flooding.
The new, dangerous plan will also exacerbate the devastating impacts that climate change has on water pollution and water shortages that many communities face across the country.
The EPA is accepting public comments on Trump's Dirty Water Rule. Help us rally a public outcry by calling on Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to reject Trump's reckless plan and protect our drinking water.
Subject line: I urge you to protect clean water
Dear Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler:
President Trump's attempts to gut clean water safeguards and replace them with a blatant pro-polluter "Dirty Water Rule" is dangerous and misguided, and I urge you to stop it.
The Clean Water Act is supposed to protect crucial waterways. Small, seasonal, and rain-dependent streams feed the drinking water sources of more than 117 million Americans — nearly one in three of us. And wetlands filter pollution and curb flooding. This Dirty Water Rule will eliminate federal protections for many of these water bodies.
Clean water is a right and a necessity, and it's the EPA's job to do everything in its power to make sure that every water body that serves important watershed functions is protected — not open up our waterways to industrial pollution and waste. Trump's new plan would do the latter by stripping Clean Water Act protections from critical streams and wetlands across the country.
Trump's plan makes no scientific, legal, public health, or fiscal sense, and is opposed by Americans from across the political spectrum.
I urge you to act in the best interest of the American people — not corporate polluters — and reject this reckless polluter giveaway.