Trump Administration Rolls Back Clean Water Protections

Within the past week Trump announced a repeal on a water regulation put on by Obama during his term as president. The regulation put limits on polluting chemicals that could be used near streams and other bodies of water.

By repealing this, Trump has lifted a load for farmers especially, making it so they no longer need a permit for every occurrence of dumping chemicals. However, there are potential effects that could go beyond his presidency if industries begin to dump pollutants into water sources.

The repeal on the “Waters of the United States rule,” simplifies tasks for farmers who no longer need permits for where to grow certain crops or use specific pesticides or fertilizer, this could happen as soon as a few weeks from now. This action has the potential to change the waters of the United States if there are no regulations for what happens near our water sources.

In a positive view, farmers will no longer need to extend resources and money to determining if they need a permit and can instead focus on building their business or farms.

In one quote, Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation said, ” When you take private property rights from a man who’s worked all his life, that is very intrusive to him and it’s something he just can’t stand for.”

In other views, lawyers say that “clear cut lines have been replaced by case-by-case situations,” and that by repealing this regulation there will be confusion in the following months concerning which waters are protected and which ones are not.

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