NRDC, Partners Oppose Destruction of Clean Water Rule

Brief details opposition to Trump administration’s move

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the National Wildlife Federation asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a Trump administration effort to indefinitely delay the implementation of the Clean Water Rule while it moves to kill the rule. The groups were joined in this effort by the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League and One Hundred Miles, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.

The administration’s bid, if successful, would enable it to prevent the rule’s safeguards from taking effect for the foreseeable future. Such a delay would effectively enable the administration’s plan to undo the rule’s protections.

“The Trump administration is trying to avoid having to explain itself in court," said Jon Devine, senior attorney for the water program at NRDC. “The [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency] and the [U.S. Army Corps of Engineers] can’t support their current plan with science. Instead, the administration wants to stall a court decision as long as possible, while it works to protect polluters. Rolling back the rule’s safeguards endangers critical bodies of water, including the streams that feed the drinking water supplies of more than 117 million Americans.”

“The Clean Water Rule deserves to be reviewed by an independent court on the basis of law and science,” said Jan Goldman-Carter, NWF’s water resources counsel. “This is a rule developed over many years, based on robust scientific analysis and more than one million public comments.”

The parties’ brief is available here.

Natural Resources Defense Council

Pure Drinking Water..

There is Nothing on this Planet that is more vital to ALL Living Animals and Plants- Than Clean Drinking water! Not only for this generation of AMERICANS But ALL Future Generations. There are many areas of this country that have a very hard time maintaining their Water Supply's for Drinking and Bathing Purposes..
Lets NOT Endanger the Future of our Children and Grandchildren by allowing the Poisoning of our Drinking Water Supply's.

Clean Water Rule

The idea of destroying the Clean Water Rule is one of the stupidest ideas I have ever heard. In my short lifetime, I have seen the beneficial effects on rivers and streams all across our nation. Can't anyone remember what the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay were like in the early 1970's? Why would we want to undo nearly 50 years of progress?

Re Clean Water Rule

The clean water rule has the effect of law under authority granted by Congress. Laws are written and rewritten by legislatures. The administration and the Congress have full right and authority to replace, rewrite, or revoke the rule. Until that time the court can only rule that the administration is not in compliance with enforcement of the rule. However, the court cannot force funding hiring, etc. It will be interesting to see where this goes.

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