President Trump signs order to revoke Clean Water Rule
May 15, 2018
The Clean Water Act of 1972 is being attacked by a series of lawsuits that aim to considerably limit the scope of its reach.
This is definitely a major step backwards for legislation that has done much to clean up our waterways. Recent Huffington Post and NY times articles have shown the severity of this issue. These lawsuits have been effective in reducing the number of waterways that have clear protection from the Clean Water Act.
It’s no surprise that these attacks are lead by certain Republicans in Congress. They are currently trying to prevent the Obama administration from being able to have the Act clearly label which streams should be protected. Should they succeed in their efforts, about 20% of wetlands will not be protected and approximately 117 million American’s will be forced to get their drinking water from sources that are not protected under the Act.
This has become a very complicated issue due to the efforts of the lawyers trying to limit the scope of the Clean Water Act. Many different types of waterways are being analyzed to determine which ones should be protected and which ones can basically be disregarded. How long will it take before our business and government leaders realize that all waterways need complete protection. It’s that simple, and it’s very important. We don’t need lawyers to make this issue more complicated so that polluters can make more money.
The end result of weaker environmental restrictions concerning our fresh water sources is lower business costs for companies that produce liquid wastes. Businesses that currently produce considerable liquid waste as a by product of operating would love to save money by having more convenient options to dispose of these toxins. When will they realize that this is an extremely short-sighted action to take? Their profits might be up in the short-term, but they are ruining the resources that they need to continue to do business in the future.
Ideally, businesses need to make fundamental changes in how they operate so that there is not such a considerable need to pollute. Again, the word sustainable comes to mind here. As we make a shift to a more local and sustainable way of producing the goods and services that we need, the far less water pollution there will be. This could be a win-win for both businesses and those who care about preserving our natural resources, and therefore our future.