Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Scott Pruitt and ‘His Polluter Friends’ Take Aim at Clean Water Rule


Scott Pruitt has spent much of his short tenure as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) working at a "dizzying" speed to dismantle Obama-era regulations that restrain major polluters. His most recent target: a rule designed to protect the drinking water of millions of Americans. "The Clean Water Act makes it plain that science should lead policy, not the other way around, and Pruitt's actions this week shows that he doesn't care about either." —Dalal Aboulhosn, Sierra Club The Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule—also called the Clean Water Rule—was put forth by the Obama administration in 2015 as part of an effort to clearly define which bodies of water are protected by the 1972 Clean Water Act. As Politico noted shortly after the regulation was announced, "powerhouse industries like agriculture, oil, and home-building" mounted a "fierce counterattack." This backlash yielded some success: the WOTUS rule was never implemented in its entirety, as multiple states sued and ultimately a federal appeals court stayed the rule, pending litigation. But with Pruitt—who as Oklahoma Attorney General sued the EPA over the WOTUS rule—in charge, the oil and gas industry appears to be on the verge of a more complete victory. As Greenwire's Ariel Wittenberg reported on Friday, the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers has released a report in which they "disput[ed] their own economic analysis" of the WOTUS rule. Their new analysis, Wittenberg notes, "maintains the previously calculated costs of implementing the rule but reduces the regulation's benefits by 85 to 90 percent."

   Robert directs your attention to this comment at the linked source;

vaquero2d This is totally expected but completely unacceptable by this pathologically anti-environmental train wreck. This son of a bitch is doing exactly what he has planned all along-the complete evisceration of all rules and regs that protect our air and water. And I'm going to express this here and now, knowing full well it will accomplish little; but, I am going to call my US Rep's and senators on Monday, letting them hear from me that I am outraged over this and and vehemently opposed to any reduction in water protection or changes in the WOTUS rules. At least then I won't be guilty of sitting on my hands while all of this took place. Gotta do somethin'!
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