“EPA proposes significant rollback of federal water protections”
“The newly defined “Waters of the United States” has some celebrating a correction of federal overreach while others fear environmental destruction.”
“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to significantly scale back the reach of the Clean Water Act, sounding the alarm for some and a celebration for others.”
“‘These waterways are indeed connected, whether it is through groundwater or wetlands, and what goes on in these areas dramatically impact the health of navigable waters. Plus, these waterways have their own intrinsic value as well,’ said Puget Soundkeeper Alliance Executive Director Chris Wilke. ‘This would impact everything. Right now, our waters are protected against toxic pollution from mining, from stormwater, from agricultural pollution, from sewage effluent, from industrial wastewater,'” quoting Alison Morrow, KING-5 TV News, Seattle.
“Trump plan to reclassify nuke waste alarms environmentalists”
“The Trump administration has proposed reclassifying some radioactive waste left from the production of nuclear weapons to make disposal cheaper and easier.
“The U.S. Department of Energy wants a change in its legal definition of high-level radioactive waste stored at places such as Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state – the most contaminated nuclear site in the country.
“Reclassifying waste as low-level could save the agency billions of dollars and decades of cleanup work. Critics say that’s because much of the waste essentially could be left in the ground.
“Tom Carpenter of Hanford Challenge, a nuclear watchdog group, said it wants a thorough cleanup of the site, which is half the size of Rhode Island,” by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press, in Spokane’s Spokesman-Review.