SUSAN PHILLIPS / WHYY – President Donald Trump came into office promising to roll back environmental regulations. Last year, he boasted about his actions at a conference of electrical contractors in Philadelphia.
“We took regulations off that allow us to do things we would never have been able to do,” he said to a crowd at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The Trump administration has weakened, delayed or is working to roll back at least four regulatory protections related to water.
The backbone of the nation’s current water quality regulations date back to the early 1970’s with passage of laws like the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act. In today’s deregulatory climate, it’s helpful to take a look at what those regulations did and what challenges lie ahead for the Delaware Watershed …