Donald Trump presented on Thursday a new regulation on water protection that excludes millions of kilometers of rivers and numerous swamps and lakes from the federal protection, thus breaking with an environmental plan of more than 30 years.

In the words of Marty Durbin, head of the Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute, the measure approved today “distinguishes between waters that should be regulated by the federal government and those that depend on the states, making it easier for businesses, states and local governments to understand their obligations”.

The regulation ends the need to obtain permits for waste disposal in the waters by farmers, construction companies, mining companies and the oil and gas industry; something that did demand the regulation applied by President Barack Obama (2009-2017), which also fined the disposal of oil derivatives in protected waters.

The new measure, presented under the name of Navigable Water Protection Rule, ends a demarcation of protected waters that regulated the nation’s orography for 30 years, something that has raised blisters among the country’s environmental groups.

“They claim they can do a better job, but this is just a return to the future: making America’s waters burn again,” Earth Justice attorney Janette Brimmer said in a statement, referring to the 1969 Cuyahoga River fire in Cleveland and the president’s famous slogan: make America great again.

This environmentalist also assures that what the industry is celebrating with the approval of this new rule is that they now have “the right to pollute and degrade many more waters.
This deregulation will mean that federal protections under the Clean Water Act will no longer apply and there will be few protections left to prevent polluters from dumping toxic byproducts into our waters, added Earth Justice.

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