Emily Bacha, Vice President of Public Affairs, September 12, 2019
The Ohio Environmental Council called on the U.S. EPA today to restore the Clean Water Rule to protect the health and safety of all Ohioans and families across the country.
The Administration’s action repeals the 2015 Clean Water Rule, weakening protections for clean water and leaving in place outdated and insufficient guidance. The Administration’s weak and unscientific proposed replacement for the 2015 rule is pending.
“Repealing the Clean Water Rule is reckless, harmful and defies science. It will set us back nearly half a century,” said Peter Bucher, Water Resources Director for the Ohio Environmental Council. “Clean water is essential to the health of our children, our environment, our communities and our economies. This repeal removes national consistency of what is covered under the Clean Water Act which will directly jeopardize water quality.”
“Clean water is also an economic engine for our state, creating and retaining jobs. We are calling on the U.S. EPA to immediately restore the Clean Water Rule and expand clean water protections,” Bucher said.
Some facts about the Clean Water Rule: