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Ripple Effect: When politics ignores science, it jeopardizes local clean water

Nine states are suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for “trying to use the current public health crisis to sweep environmental violations under the rug,” according to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra .

On April 21, the federal government officially finalized rules to quash crucial protections for headland streams and wetlands for all 50 states; the most deliberate weakening of the Clean Water Act (CWA) since it was enacted in 1972 .

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The EPA’s website says the CWA, "Established the basic structure for regulating pollutant discharges into the waters of the United States." It also says the CWA regulates “discharge of dredged or fill material,” and this counts filling in a stream or wetland. These wetlands and streams are important to protecting water quality and providing wildlife habitat, and these new rules remove protection from about 50 percent of wetlands and as much as 65 percent of the streams in some Great Lakes states.

This White House’s deregulation agenda is a bad idea for the water that Michiganders and all other residents of the Great Lakes states rely on and treasure. At a time when Michigan’s waters are threatened by PFAS , toxic algae blooms and combined sewer overflows , we need […]

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