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In a win for clean drinking water and wildlife health, millions of streams and wetlands across the U.S. just regained legal protection from toxic pollution. A federal judge threw out a disastrous Trump-era rule that allowed industries to dump fertilizers, pesticides, and other pollutants into these bodies of water, ruling that the policy could cause serious environmental harm.
Earthjustice represented six Native tribes in a successful legal challenge to the Trump-era rule. Now it’s up to the Biden administration to boost protections for waterways, rivers, and ephemeral streams that are critical for the environment.
The Trump-era rule needlessly opened millions of waterways and wetlands to industrial pollution.
The judge said the rule is too flawed and risky to leave in place while the Biden administration works on revising it.
The Biden administration must now come up with a new rule that widens and strengthens protections for U.S. waterways.