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LCV Statement on EPA’s “Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification Rule”

Jun 1, 2020

Contact: Emily Samsel,, 828-713-9647

Washington, D.C. — In response to the Trump EPA’s issuance of the final rule to roll back Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, an incredibly important provision that has allowed states and tribes to protect the waters their communities depend on for drinking, recreation, and fueling healthy local economies, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) issued the following statement from Deputy Legislative Director Madeleine Foote:

“Instead of focusing on the enormous crises of racist police violence, record unemployment, and a global pandemic gripping our nation, Trump and his administration are instead turning their attention to rolling back our drinking water protections. Again. This action to gut the Clean Water Act, opposed by governors on both sides of the aisle, tribal nations, and many others, only serves to benefit Trump’s corporate polluter friends and jeopardizes the clean water our communities, especially communities of color and indigenous communities who often already lack access to clean water, depend on and deserve.” 

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