Trump poised to scale down Clean Water Act



December 11, 2018 - 10:09 AM

A DWP employee takes water readings on a tributary of the Owens River near Bishop, Calif., in 2017. (Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is poised to roll back Clean Water Act protections on millions of acres of streams and wetlands, following through on a promise to agriculture interests and real estate developers to rewrite an Obama-era rule limiting pollution.

The administration’s plan for a vastly scaled-down Clean Water Rule is expected to be released as soon as Tuesday. Officials said almost a year ago that they had begun the process of reversing the rule President Barack Obama put in place, and internal talking points laying out its case were disclosed late last week by the environmental media outlet E&E News.

The talking points signal that the Environmental Protection Agency intends to strip federal protections from all of the nation’s wetlands and many streams that do not flow year-round. The administration has not challenged the accuracy of the talking points.

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