TCWN Water Policy Director Tells EPA to Keep the 2015 Clean Water Rule
September 26, 2017 – Tennessee Clean Water Network Water Policy Director Dana Wright told EPA administrators today that proposed changes to the Waters of the United States rule would weaken protections for smaller streams and wetlands in Tennessee that provide drinking water and environmental protection for millions of Tennesseans.
Wright was a participant in a conference call with EPA today that was designed to get input on the proposed changes to the Waters of the United States rule, better known as the 2015 Clean Water Rule. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is proposing to change the 2015 Clean Water Rule after little research and little public comment.
“The 2015 Clean Water Rule has nationwide support, was developed with significant public input and was prepared with strong scientific and peer-reviewed research,” Wright said on the EPA conference call. “If the proposed changes are approved, it will only weaken or eliminate protections for Tennessee’s smaller streams and wetlands in a state where 60 percent of waters are headwater streams and 60 percent of the state’s original wetlands have been lost.”
“Repealing and weakening the 2015 Clean Water Rule would put the drinking water for 3.5 million people in our state at risk and increase the chance of flooding and water pollution in Tennessee,” Wright added.
The deadline for interested citizens to make a comment on the proposed changes to the 2015 Clean Water Rule is tomorrow, September 27, 2017. EPA is accepting comments on this website, https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0203-0001.
For more information on why the changes to the WOTUS rule are important to you, read this column by TCWN Executive Director Renee Hoyos.