Trump repeals key elements of Clean Water Act

Stream waterfall, Nishisakawick Creek, Frenchtown, NJ

TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – The Trump administration yesterday finalized repeal of key provisions of the Clean Water Act, stripping away protections for many intermittent streams and wetlands in a step that could impair drinking water and increase flooding, according to critics.

The action, a long-sought priority of President Trump, aims to instill more certainty into what waterways are covered by the federal law, a provision adopted by the Obama administration that opponents called a classic case of regulatory overreach.

“EPA and the Army are providing much needed regulatory certainty and predictability for American farmers, landowners and businesses to accelerate critical infrastructure projects,’’ said Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler …

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