The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public input through May 15th so that it can begin making significant regulatory changes to common sense clean water protections. EPA head Scott Pruitt & President Trump want reform that will remove regulations which “eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation,” or impose excessive economic costs.
Unfortunately this misguided vision would do just the opposite. Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia businesses depend on safe drinking water and a healthy water supply that support local food and recreational multi-billion dollar industries throughout the region. Dismantling safeguards means dirty air, undrinkable water, and unsafe food. This would not make America great again. This is not the reality we want for ourselves or future generations.
Take Action today and tell the EPA that we need it to stand up for people, public health, and the environment – not polluters and special interests. The last thing we should be discussing is weakening the commonsense protections that make our water swimmable, fishable, and drinkable. Tell the EPA to PROTECT the Clean Water Rule, stormwater permits, oil spill safeguards, and more essential clean water regulations and strengthen, not destroy them through polluter-friendly deregulation.
Use our form to send your own letter directly to the EPA defending our essential clean water regulations. Make sure the subject line or early in the body of the letter references “docket EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190”.
Include any of the following talking points, and most importantly, say how important these regulations are to you and your community:
- Environmental regulations are constantly under attack. Yet, our rivers and drinking water supplies (including the Chesapeake Bay and local streams) are damaged due to decades of pollution prior to clean water protections. Furthermore, our water supply and health standards are under increased threat due to development and population growth.
- We do not have “excess” clean water regulations. If anything, the EPA needs MORE effective enforcement of existing environmental laws and regulations. For instance, drinking water treatment costs are going up because of the lack of effective regulation and enforcement of sediment pollution including from construction sites, and paved-over areas.
- Important clean water regulations like the Chesapeake Bay “pollution diet” and county and municipal stormwater runoff permits play an essential role in protecting our local streams and waterways.
- More than 117 million people get their drinking water from a source that is fed by streams that are protected by the Clean Water Rule. The harm to our public health and cost to our economy is not unimaginable. One just needs to look to Flint, MI or Charleston, WV to see real life repercussions of polluted water. Businesses and schools are shuttered. Families have to spend money on bottled water for cooking and bathing or drive miles and miles to find access to clean water. In some cases, low-income families and those who aren’t native English speakers haven’t even been aware their drinking water was compromised. The social and economic toll of dirty and unusable water is massive.
- EPA needs to step up its game, not eliminate protections to ensure that all of us- no matter where we live, work, or learn – are protected from risks and have access to clean air and clean water. We can’t afford for EPA to pull back on its mission to protect human health and the environment.