(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation Vice President Kim Coble issued this statement following EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announcement that they are proposing a rule to rescind the Clean Water Rule and revert to a previous definition of "waters of the United States."
"Clean water is a right, not a luxury. The proposal to rescind the federal clean water rule would allow more pollution in headwater streams and wetlands.
"Fortunately, most of the Bay states have regulations to protect these waters. But that could change. It is far cheaper to prevent pollution in the first place, than clean it up downstream.
"The Blueprint is working and we are seeing real progress. Now is not the time for the federal government to weaken efforts to reduce pollution."