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USTrump Administration to Finalize Rollback of Clean Water Protections

17:46  12 september  2019
17:46  12 september  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

Newsom plans to veto bill that would have blocked Trump's rollback of endangered species protections

Newsom plans to veto bill that would have blocked Trump's rollback of endangered species protections SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to veto a bill passed by California lawmakers that would have allowed the state to impose strict endangered species protections and water pumping restrictions for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. © Dania Maxwell/Los Angeles Times/TNS Millions of Californians would receive new protections against large rent increases under an agreement announced late on August 30, 2019, by Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders. Newsom's intentions, confirmed by his spokesman on Saturday, comes less than 24 hours after state lawmakers passed the sweeping legislation.

The clean water rollback is the latest in a series of actions by the Trump administration to weaken or undo major environmental rules, including proposals to “We need more, not less, protection for clean water .” But farming groups, a key political constituency for Mr. Trump , praised the repeal of a

The Trump administration on Tuesday initiated the biggest rollback of Clean Water Act protections since shortly after the statute became law in 1972, proposing to remove federal pollution After more than a year, the Trump administration has yet to finalize its effort to formally repeal the 2015 rule.

Trump Administration to Finalize Rollback of Clean Water Protections© Education Images/UIG, via Getty Images A bullfrog in a farm pond in Kentucky.

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday is expected to complete the legal repeal of a major Obama-era clean water regulation, which had placed limits on polluting chemicals that could be used near streams, wetlands and water bodies.

The rollback of the 2015 measure, known as the Waters of the United States rule, has been widely expected since the early days of the Trump administration, when President Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to begin the work of repealing and replacing it.

California votes to block Trump's environmental rollbacks, defying Newsom's objections

California votes to block Trump's environmental rollbacks, defying Newsom's objections California lawmakers, over Gov. Gavin Newsom's objections, passed sweeping legislation early Saturday morning allowing the state to impose strict endangered species protections and water pumping restrictions for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. © Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press The Sacramento River in the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta, near Courtland, Calif. The governor must now decide whether to veto the bill and raise the ire of California environmentalists, who will surely accuse him of saddling up to the Trump administration, or sign the bill into law and potentially anger the state's biggest water agencies.

The Trump administration plans to lay out changes to clean water The clean water rollback is the latest in a series of actions by the Trump administration to weaken or After that, the administration will take comment on the plan for 60 days, and it could then revise the plan before finalizing it next year. The new Trump water rule will retain federal protections for those larger bodies of water

The Trump administration wants to substantially limit which waterways are protected under the Clean Water Act. Farmers and developers have long lobbied against the current rule The administration hopes to finalize the rule next year, but environmental groups are already threatening legal challenges.

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Weakening the Obama-era water rule had been a central campaign pledge for Mr. Trump, who characterized it as a federal land-grab that impinged on the rights of farmers, rural landowners and real estate developers to use their property as they see fit.

Environmentalists say Mr. Trump’s push to loosen rules on clean water regulations represents an assault on protecting the nation’s streams and wetlands at a moment when Mr. Trump has repeatedly declared his commitment to “crystal-clean water.

The repeal of the water rule, which is scheduled to be announced at the headquarters of the National Association of Manufacturers, will take effect in a matter of weeks.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, which had worked together to write the original Obama rule, are expected to issue a new, looser replacement rule by the end of this year.

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