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Water Pollution

Complete 8
In Progress 1


Scaled back pollution protections for certain tributaries and wetlands that were regulated under the Clean Water Act by the Obama administration. (A federal judge in Colorado halted implementation of the rule within the state, but it is in effect elsewhere.)
Revoked a rule that prevented coal companies from dumping mining debris into local streams.
Weakened a rule that aimed to limit toxic discharge from power plants into public waterways.
Doubled the time allowed for utilities to remove lead pipes from water systems with high levels of lead.
Weakened a portion of the Clean Water Act to make it easier for federal agencies to issue permits for federal projects over state objections if the projects don’t meet local water quality standards, including for pipelines and other fossil fuel facilities.
Extended the lifespan of unlined holding ponds for coal ash waste from power plants, which can spill their contents because they lack a protective underlay.
Allowed certain unlined coal ash holding areas to continue operating, though they were previously deemed unsafe.
Withdrew a proposed rule requiring groundwater protections for certain uranium mines. Recently, the administration’s Nuclear Fuel Working Group proposed opening up 1,500 acres outside the Grand Canyon to nuclear production.


Proposed a regulation limiting the scope of an Obama-era rule under which companies had to prove that large deposits of recycled coal ash would not harm the environment.
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