Changes to Clean Water Act Reignite Debate over Safety of Water Supply

New rules released last week by the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers redefine the reach of the Clean Water Act and mark a shift in balance between economic development and protecting the country’s waterways.

The changes also reopen debate about what is the highest and best use of water, says attorney Gale Pearson of the Fears Nachawati Law Firm.

“Certainly, water is necessary for many industries and businesses, but in addition to industry needs, humans and every living creature on this planet require clean water to survive. It is short-sighted to relax oversight considering the serious threats facing our water supply, including a known class of man-made ‘forever chemicals’ that once deposited in water cannot be removed,” said Ms. Pearson, a nationally certified clinical laboratory scientist.

“The challenge we face is how to address the push and pull between the need to ensure safe drinking water and business interests that view regulation as getting in the way of profits. Should our waterways be considered an acceptable chemical disposal site, or treated as a valuable resource that we literally cannot live without?

“More importantly, why is there a notion that industrial discharges should be allowed to travel into this country’s fresh water supply? If in doubt, keep it out. If you can’t keep it out, then clean it up before it leaves your site.”

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