Rhode Island Joins Lawsuit Over Suspension Of 'Clean Water Rule'

Feb 6, 2018

A sailboat in Newport harbor
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Eleven states, including four in New England, have sued the Trump Administration over its decision to suspend the 2015 “Clean Water Rule”.

The Clean Water Rule closed a loophole in the Clean Water Act. It defined exactly what streams, rivers, lakes, and wetlands were protected by the Act. Before it was enacted in 2015, certain rain-fed streams and wetlands were not protected.

The lawsuit, led by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, charges that the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers don’t have the authority to suspend the rule, ignored the scientific record, and didn’t provide for adequate public comment.

Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont have also joined the suit.

This report comes from the New England News Collaborative. Eight public media companies coming together to tell the story of a changing region, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.