LCV Statement on EPA and Army Corps Announcement to Begin Process to Rescind Dirty Water Rule

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

Washington, D.C. — In response to the EPA and US Army Corps of Engineers’ announcement that they will start rulemaking processes to propose repealing the Navigable Waters Protection Rule and revising the definition of the “Waters of the United States,”  the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) issued the following statement from Deputy Legislative Director Madeleine Foote:

“Today’s announcement is a good first step in delivering on President Biden’s commitment to ensuring that everyone has access to clean, safe water, but the administration must move quickly to dismantle the dangerous Dirty Water Rule. Every day this harmful rule is in effect, it endangers the waterways our communities depend on —  that is unacceptable and must stop now. For too long, Black, Brown, Indigenous, and low-income communities have borne the brunt of water pollution while corporate polluters enjoy the profits of lax protections for streams, wetlands, and other waters. We appreciate the agencies’ dedication to establishing a new rule based on science with a transparent and inclusive process, and encourage them to move expeditiously to stop the harm to our communities and the environment from the Dirty Water Rule.”

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