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