The Trump Administration is proposing to sharply reduce protections for streams, wetlands and other waters as part of the ‘Dirty Water Rule.’ The proposal would roll back longstanding Clean Water Act safeguards by eliminating protection from pollution and destruction of rain-dependent streams, over half of our wetlands, as well as other waters, all of which provide clean drinking water and reduce downstream flooding for our communities.
Latino communities across the nation depend on Clean Water Act safeguards like those improved by the 2015 Water Of The United States Rule to ensure access to safe drinking water, reduce pollution and protect the destruction of rain-dependent streams, wetlands, and other waters. We urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to uphold the current standards that safeguard our water and the overall health of our communities.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today in response to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s proposal to repeal the Clean Water Rule, a regulation that protects streams and wetlands that are connected to the drinking water sources of 117 million Americans, Chris Espinosa, Executive Vice President & COO of GreenLatinos issued the following statement:
"As our Allies, the Standing Rock Sioux Nation have made clear – Water is Life. Today’s action by Administrator Pruitt places the health of our waters, and thus our health as communities at greater risk. The clean water rule – that was underpinned by thousands of pages of peer-reviewed scientific analysis and supported through hundreds of thousands of public comments – will protect the drinking water sources of 117 million Americans, provide tremendous economic benefits, and will ensure that ours and future generations can benefit from water sources that are protected for drinking, recreating, and enjoying.
For millions of Latino communities across the country – who are already disproportionately burdened with higher rates of pollution and poor water quality – today’s action by the EPA is completely contrary to its mission of protecting the environment and their public health. GreenLatinos opposes Administrator Pruitt’s attempt to repeal the Clean Water Rule in the strongest possible terms."
A PDF version of this statement can be downloaded at this link