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Napolitano’s Statement on Trump Administration’s Dirty Water Rule

September 12, 2019
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC)  Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) issued the following statement after the Trump administration finalized its repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule:

“Today's action by the EPA to eliminate vital Clean Water Act protections is the latest evidence of the President's utter disregard and contempt for science. Winners are corporations and polluters. Losers are families, farmers, and taxpayers. 

“Repealing the Obama Administration’s Clean Water Rule will mean all Americans pay more for the mess made ​by polluters. This is especially harmful in the Western United States, including my home state of California, where many of our residents get their water from streams that only flow following major storm events. 

“The Trump Administration is allowing polluters to dump into these streams without consideration of the health and safety of American families or any accountability. ​The burden ​of ​cleaning up that water before it gets to the tap will be placed on our water agencies, and the bill will be passed on to local taxpayers. This is extremely costly, stupid, and wrong.”

Napolitano is the Chairwoman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, which has jurisdiction over the EPA Clean Water Act and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Programs.

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