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Today, President Trump's Executive Order Turns Mission of EPA on its Head

For Immediate Release

"President Trump's order turns the mission of the Environmental Protection Agency on its head: Instead of protecting the drinking water sources for 1 in 3 Americans, he is telling the EPA to stop protecting these waters, like the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay, from polluters. It defies common sense, sound science and the will of Virginians."

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Trump signed an executive order instructing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its defense of the clean water rule in federal court. Sarah Bucci, State Director, Environment Virginia, issued the following statement:

"President Trump's order turns the mission of the Environmental Protection Agency on its head: Instead of protecting the drinking water sources for 1 in 3 Americans, he is telling the EPA to stop protecting these waters, like the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay, from polluters. It defies common sense, sound science and the will of Virginians.

"Clean water is vital to our ecology, our health, and our quality of life.  We depend on our rivers and streams for safe drinking water.

"That is why more than 800,000 Americans – including more than 1,000  business owners, local officials, farmers, and health professionals – all supported the historic clean water rule.  In fact, 79 local officials and 234 businesses recently joined Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center and its sister organizations across the country on amicus briefs in defense of the Rule in court.

"Finalized in 2015 with widespread public and scientific support, the Clean Water Rule restored protections for and thousands of waters across the country – including 28.000 streams, which feed waterways like the Chesapeake Bat and help provide drinking water to 2 million Virginians.

"Today’s executive order instructs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to move forward with a new rulemaking that would remove protections restored under the Clean Water Rule. The order also instructs the agency to stop defending the Rule – even to withdraw the extensive brief the agency already filed with the 6th circuit court of appeals."