TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- The Trump administration plans to revoke an Obama-era regulation that provided federal protection to many U.S. wetlands and streams.
Two Environmental Protection Agency officials with knowledge of the plan told The Associated Press the administration plans to substitute the rule with its own version.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Army for Civil Works Assistant Secretary R.D. James scheduled a news conference for later Thursday to discuss the decision.
President Donald Trump has promised to repeal the 2015 Obama rule, which defines what bodies of water fall under federal jurisdiction.
Farmers, homebuilders and other business interests say the rule has harmed economic development and violates property rights.
Environmentalists say the move would leave millions of Americans with less safe drinking water and damage wetlands that prevent flooding.
Congressman Dan Kildee released the following statement on this issue:
“At a time when communities across the country, including Flint and Oscoda, are living with unsafe drinking water, President Trump has decided to weaken protections for our water and reward corporate polluters. This short-sighted decision is an assault on the water we drink, our Great Lakes and the wetlands that support fish, ducks and other wildlife.
“The President’s decision will have long-term, negative consequences to our health, our jobs and our economy. With this decision, the President is standing with his corporate backers and not America’s working families. I will fight this decision and continue to work so that every family in Michigan has access to safe drinking water and is protected from corporate polluters.”
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