Today, after a decade of uncertainty created by the Supreme Court and the previous administration, President Obama and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy have finalized a strong, commonsense rule to make clean water a priority by protecting the sources of drinking water supplies for more than 117 million Americans.
Over the past decade, Earthjustice has been working hard to strengthen national Clean Water Act standards, establish legal precedents that raise the bar for polluters, and close loopholes that let polluters off the hook.
The Clean Water rule will:
Reduce confusion over which waters are protected by our environmental laws
Restore key environmental protections to many waters across the country that are currently vulnerable to toxic pollution
Provide hundreds of millions of dollars in economic benefits
Ensure that our rivers, streams and wetlands are protected for future generations to enjoy