Maloney Denounces Trump Executive Order Weakening Clean Water Act Protections

Feb 28, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) denounced President Trump’s executive order signed on Tuesday instructing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to rewrite its Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, rolling back the broader authority the rule gives the EPA under the Clean Water Act to limit pollution in major bodies of water, streams and wetlands.

“Protecting our clean water is one of the most important and basic functions of the federal government, yet President Trump’s executive order today instructing the EPA to repeal the Waters of the U.S. rule puts our nation’s bodies of water, and those who use them, at risk. Millions of Americans use the smaller lakes, rivers, and streams that are protected by this rule, which is backed by peer-reviewed, sound science. Despite this, the Administration has decided to put the interests of polluters and special interests above those of the American people. Fortunately, it will take much more than the President’s executive order to undue this rule and I’m hopeful that Congress and the Courts will ensure that these important water protections remain in place.”