“President Trump yesterday touted his repeal of key Clean Water Act regulations as more than three dozen current and former government officials called for an investigation into the scientific basis of his forthcoming replacement rule.
The Obama-era rule was meant to clarify which water bodies are and aren’t covered by the federal law.
In addition to repealing the regulation, Trump has proposed his own definition, due to be finalized soon.
Trump’s proposal would drastically cut back the Clean Water Act’s reach. More than half the country’s wetlands would no longer qualify for federal protections under the December 2018 proposal, a rollback of some regulations that predated the Obama administration rule (Greenwire, Dec. 11, 2018).”
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