“Clean Water Act: Final WOTUS Rule Drains Wetland Protections”

“A final rule unveiled by the Trump administration today eliminates Clean Water Act protections for the majority of the nation's wetlands and more than 18% of streams.

The Navigable Waters Protection Rule, also known as the Waters of the U.S., or WOTUS, rule, replaces regulations that have been in place since the Reagan administration.

It is sure to be immediately met with lawsuits from environmental groups and Democratic states, and heralded by supporters of the Trump administration, including the National Association of Home Builders, whose annual conference EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler will be speaking at later this afternoon in Las Vegas.”

Ariel Wittenberg reports for Greenwire January 23, 2020.

SEE ALSO:

“Trump Administration Strips Pollution Safeguards From Drinking Water Sources” (Guardian)

“Trump Moves To Weaken Waterway Protections” (AP)