Washington, Oregon join others suing Trump administration over water rule

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Eleven Democratic state attorneys general have sued the Trump administration for holding off a government rule aimed at reducing pollution in the nation’s waterways.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says last week’s suspension of the so-called “clean water rule” is an assault on public health, including drinking water sources. The federal Environmental Protection Agency hasn’t immediately responded to a request for comment.

The suit was filed in Manhattan federal court by Schneiderman and his counterparts in California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia.

They say the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers overstepped their authority.

The Obama-era rule expanded the definitions for wetlands and small waterways under the Clean Water Act. Agribusiness, mining and industry groups opposed it.