EPA reversal on Clean Water Rule is disgusting

I am absolutely disgusted after reading that the EPA has just proposed to repeal key protections for the drinking water of close to 4 million Marylanders. After seeing what happened in Flint, Michigan, it is hard to understate the importance of ensuring safe drinking water for all communities (“Trump administration moves to withdraw clean-water rule,” June 27).

That’s why in 2015, the Clean Water Rule restored federal protections to 59 percent of Maryland’s streams which help provide drinking water to millions of Marylanders and empty out into the Chesapeake Bay. The rule also protects wetlands which help filter out pollutants and provide wildlife habitat.The Clean Water Rule is backed by numerous scientific studies and, not surprisingly, it is supported by more than 800,000 Americans including doctors and nurses, mayors, businesses and local organizations.

Yet the new EPA is now proposing to dismantle it. Repealing this rule the turns the mission of the EPA on its head: the agency charged with protecting our sources of drinking water would instead leave them open to pollution. It defies common sense, sound science and the will of the people of Maryland. The EPA should reconsider this reckless repeal and stand up for our drinking water.

Natasha Statz-Geary, Boston, Mass.

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