Organizations, Citizens Speak Out Against EPA’s Rollback of Toxic Water Pollution Limits

Waterkeeper Alliance: Waterkeeper Alliance says EPA’s action to delay requirements is illegal.

Environmental and health organizations and concerned citizens from throughout the nation came to Washington D.C. to speak at a public hearing held by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday on its proposal to indefinitely delay the requirements of a 2015 rule limiting water pollution from coal power plants (known as the Steam Electric Effluent Limitation Guidelines, ELG rule). In April 2017, Scott Pruitt’s EPA announced that it would be reconsidering the rule in response to coal-fired power plant industry concerns about the requirements.

“The Trump administration is resorting to increasingly absurd and illegal tactics to elevate the most powerful polluters above the law,” said Waterkeeper Alliance staff attorney Pete Harrison. “It’s encouraging to see so many people come to Washington to demand protections for their water, even in the face of this administration’s wanton disregard for the safety of the American people.”

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