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The Trump government proposed removing state protection for countless waterways and wetlands across the country on Tuesday by refusing to champion President Donald Trump's campaign pledges to weaken the Obama-era water policy landmarks long Time was rejected by some developers, farmers, oil, gas and mining authorities.
The Environmental Protection Agency The administrator said the proposed rule would reverse what he described as the usurping of the rights of private landowners and local governments by the federal government.
The Water Rules Review "restores the rule of law and the primary role of states in the management of their water resources, Andrew Wheeler told reporters before the official release of the rule at a ceremony at the EPA Headquarters.
Environmental groups told the Trump Government Sal would have a far-reaching impact on how the country protects the country's waterways, not just the Obama administration's interpretation of federal jurisdiction in 201
" The Trump administration has just made a big Christmas gift for polluters, "said Bob Irvin, president of the American Rivers Non-Profit Organization." Americans across the country are concerned about the safety of their drinking water – this is not the time to to push back the protection. "
The changes would affect the water The paths and wetlands of the EPA and the US Army Corps are influenced by engineers. The Trump government would reverse national wetland conservation measures at national level, unless they are connected to another, state-protected waterway, and for streams, streams, washes and ditches that run only during rain or snowmelt.
Interior Minister Ryan Zinke said the proposal was "not" "do not remove protection."
"It puts the decision back to where it should be, the people who work the land, the hunt that owns the land," Zinke said.
Jan Goldman-Carter of the National The Wildlife Federation said the move could abolish the protection of millions of miles of wetlands and waterways at the federal level and destroy them by developers and farmers or for oil spills, the leakage of fertilizer and others Make pollutants more vulnerable. Wheeler said there is no firm data on what percentage of the waterways would lose protection.
Environmental groups say that isolated wetlands, run-off streams and often dry washes that lose federal government protection also help protect the population from the worsening effects of drought, floods and cyclones in the wake of climate change crucial importance.
Proponents of the Trump administration say the rollback will not affect drinking water. Wheeler said the current state of the regulations providing permits for work on the federally protected waterways is confusing for landowners.
The Trump administration considered judicial decisions rather than environmental impacts by revising regulations, said David Ross, EPA Assistant Water Administrator.
Ross noted that the administration did not play a role in waterways' mitigating the effects of climate change.
"We did not do any climate modeling," he said about the proposed water conservation measures. "It's a legal political construct that's shaped by science."
The rules are now publicly commented before finally accepted by the Trump administration. Environmental groups promise legal challenges.
Flesher reports from Traverse City, Michigan.