LCV Statement on EPA’s final rule to weaken water pollution standards for coal power plants

Courtnee Connon, 727-744-4163, courtnee_connon@lcv.org

Washington D.C. – Today, in response to the EPA’s final rule covering the Clean Water Act Steam Electric Effluent Limitation Guidelines for coal power plants, LCV issued the following statement from Deputy Legislative Director Madeleine Foote:

“Not even the worst public health crisis in over a century can stop the Trump administration’s blind loyalty to polluters at the expense of the health and safety of our communities. This disastrous rule will allow coal power plants to continue dumping toxic wastewater–filled with dangerous pollutants like lead, mercury, and arsenic–into the same waterways that our families drink from and play in. And of course always true to his brand, by weakening these safeguards, Trump is perpetuating environmental racism, prohibiting meaningful public input and disregarding the health of Black and Brown communities who often already suffer from polluted drinking water and will be disproportionately impacted by this despicable action.”

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