Inslee, Ferguson condemn Trump administration’s rollback of federal waterway protections

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Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson released a joint statement Thursday on the Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule that eliminates federal protection for streams, wetlands and water bodies across the United States:

“This unprecedented rule will destroy more clean water protections than any other single act in American history. Without a doubt, it is among the most flagrant steps taken by the Trump administration in their all-out assault on the environment and the Clean Water Act.

“Today’s action will decimate federal protections for more than half the nation’s wetlands and hundreds of thousands of miles of streams — protections that have been in place for decades, under both Republican and Democratic administrations. By allowing unfettered corporate pollution in our waters, EPA is willfully threatening the healthy waters necessary for thriving communities, fish and wildlife habitat, and our vital outdoor recreation economy.

“As with so many other actions, we know these impacts will be felt disproportionately by those already struggling with access to clean water. We demand better for our low-income and marginalized communities of color.

“Washington will not stand idly by as the Trump administration eviscerates critical protections for our natural resources and everything we hold dear. We are reviewing the final rule now and exploring all options to protect clean water for all Washingtonians.”