Reverse the Rollbacks! Clean Water is Human Right, Don’t Let Trump Pollute Our Water!

Reverse the Rollbacks! Clean Water is Human Right, Don’t Let Trump Pollute Our Water!

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Delaney Couso started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and

The Trump Administration has rolled back environmental protections on our water. Under these new laws the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be dramatically decreasing regulations on highly dangerous pollutants. Allowing industries to destroy waterways, that not only affect Americans drinking water but will be devastating for wildlife, put species at risk. Our streams and wetlands feed directly into our drinking water source and now they will become compromised under lack of regulation. 

These rollbacks will bring U.S. water regulations back 40-years as they undo the protections seen in our Clean Water Act. Over 159 million people will have their rights violated. With this new significant increase of water pollution, thousands of extra deaths are inevitable due to poor water quality.  Moreover, the U.S. is already for being the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases. These rollbacks will only impede the progression we have already made to repair our water quality. Overall, the new rules weaken public-health protections amid a drinking-water crisis.

Here's a summary of the completed and proposed environmental rollbacks affecting our drinking water:

Completed under Trump's Environmental Rollbacks: 

❌Scaled back pollution protections for certain tributaries and wetlands 

❌Revoked a rule that prevented coal companies from dumping mining debris into local streams

❌Withdrew a rule aimed at reducing pollutants at sewage treatment plants

Proposed under Trump's Environmental Rollbacks: 

❌Exempting certain types of power plants from parts of an E.P.A. rule limiting toxic discharge from power plants into public waterways

❌Extending the lifespan of unlined coal ash holding areas, which can spill their contents because they lack a protective underlay

❌Limiting the scope of an Obama-era rule under which companies had to prove that large deposits of recycled coal ash would not harm the environment

❌Doubling the time allowed to remove lead pipes from water systems with high levels of lead

What has been ignored

❌The 2015 analysis of 1,200 studies that emphasized that “20 functional connectivity is more than a matter of surface geography”

❌chemical and biological contamination of groundwater can lead to  the contamination of surface water

❌irrigation from farms can carry bacteria and canals can be contaminated with chemicals, affecting the quality of water. 

By signing this petition, we can come together to fight for environmental justice. Access to safe and clean water is a human right that we must protect for future generations to come. 

#cleanwater #foreveryone 

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