Feb 3, 2020
New water rules from the EPA make it easier for some businesses and large property owners to pollute.
Environmental activists point out these rule changes could pollute up to half of all wetlands. The new rules would allow pollution in streams flowing into wetlands, despite the protections given by the 1972 Clean Water Act.
The current EPA has at least 15 officials who used to work for oil, coal, gas, uranium or chemical companies. These industries are the most active lobbyists against regulation of polluting. If these companies had to monitor and stop what they put into the air, the water, and the land during their operations, they would have more expenses. So they don’t want to.
That’s why the president called the rule change a “win” for business. He’s more open than other politicians about what’s going on. They get to have more money by polluting. The consequences will be paid by the rest of us.