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EPA Tosses Rule that Stripped Stream, Wetland Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The EPA has released a proposed rule undoing a Trump-era regulation that had removed protections for drinking water sources for millions of Americans as well as important and iconic wetlands across the country.

“This is a good first step that will permanently erase the disastrous Trump rule from the books. Many streams and wetlands nationwide will regain undisputed protections, benefitting drinking water in Albuquerque and alligators in the Okefenokee,” said Jim Murphy, director of legal advocacy for the National Wildlife Federation. “But EPA’s work is not done. Now the agency must draft a clear, comprehensive, science-based rule that will protect our rivers, streams and wetlands and safeguard drinking water for millions of Americans.”

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