This won't stop unless we stop it
It's been a busy four months.
Just the other day, we marked the two year anniversary of an impressive clean water victory – clarifying that the Clean Water Act protects all of our water. Unfortunately this huge progress is threatened by the President and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Pruitt’s directive to repeal the Clean Water Rule.
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EPA is also delaying new safeguards that protect our water from lead, arsenic, and other toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants. You heard that right – power plants will be allowed to keep polluting our rivers, lakes and bays which are often drinking water sources, with toxic metals like lead and arsenic while EPA "reviews" a protection that has was finalized two years ago.
But that’s not all. The latest budget proposal from the White House would derail state and federal efforts to make sure drinking water standards are enforced. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would be irreparably damaged. Programs across the federal government that help communities, businesses, and states work for a cleaner world through research and innovation would be cut.
Plus, the President is most likely going to break our commitments and pull the U.S. out of the landmark Paris Climate Agreement this week.
It seems like a lot to take, but there is good news. We can win with strength in numbers – that is you and your friends and family and so many people across the country. We can win with expertise. We can win with people powered-solutions. This isn't our first rodeo – we have won victories to stop water pollution and protect drinking water for decades and we don’t intend to give up now!
We are mobilizing people around the country to stand up for smart water protections and for a federal budget that prioritizes people’s health, clean air and water, and common sense solutions for healthier communities. Join us and tell your U.S. Senators and Representatives that these issues are important to you, and should not be sacrificed in the budget to pay for tax cuts for wealthy individuals and large corporations.