Trump removing environmental protections for streams, wetlands

In a victory for fossil fuel producers and real estate developers, the Trump administration on Thursday will remove an Obama-era regulation that protected 60 percent of the country’s waterways.

Under President Trump’s new rule, landowners will be able to dump pollutants, including fertilizers and pesticides, into waterways and destroy wetlands for construction projects, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Trump called the regulation — which he likely encountered as a real estate developer and golf course owner — “horrible” and “destructive,” and repealed it in September.

The Trump administration has eliminated or weakened dozens of environmental regulations and laws, including those that protect endangered species and combat pollution.

source: New York Times

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