Breaking Now: Just moments ago, in a move that is angering farmers, ranchers, developers, and oil and gas drillers across the United States, the Biden administration announced that it is reversing one of the biggest environmental decisions former President Donald Trump made during his term.
“The Biden administration is ready to toss out a rule adopted under President Donald Trump that significantly reduced the number of streams, marshes and other wetlands that fall under federal protection, kicking off a legal and regulatory scuffle over the fates of thousands of acres of wetlan.ds and waterways from the arid West to the swampy South,” according to the Washington Post.
“Micheal Regan, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said his team determined that the Trump administration’s rollback is ‘leading to significant environmental degradation.’ The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers will now craft a new set of protections for waterways that provide habitats for wildlife and safe drinking water for millions of Americans, according to a joint statement.
“With the announcement, the Biden administration is wading into a decades-long battle over how far federal officials can go to stop contaminants from entering small streams and other wetlands… [emphasis added]
“In 2015, the Obama administration expanded federal authority to stop or curtail development that could harms a variety of wetlands, streams and ditches that feed into larger bodies of water protected under the Clean Water Act.
“Heeding the call of home developers, oil drillers and growers who saw the restrictions as detrimental to their livelihoods, the Trump administration rolled back those Obama-era pollution controls.”
This is a breaking news report and will be updated if warranted.
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