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Trump Administration’s Latest Rollback of Toxic Pollution Rule Confirms Absence of Common Decency

WASHINGTON - A news report today indicates that the Trump administration intends to cancel an Obama-era regulation meant to limit the discharge of highly toxic substances like arsenic, lead and mercury from coal-fired power plants into nearby waterways. In response, Food & Water Action Executive Director Wenonah Hauter issued the following statement:

“By now, nothing from this nefarious administration shocks us, but each new rollback of a common-sense rule meant to keep families healthy and safe enrages us more and more. This latest rollback would lead directly to more water contamination, more birth defects, more childhood cancer, and more pain and suffering for American families – all for the sake of a dirty industry’s last grasp at profits. Trump himself may be immune from public shaming or the motivations of simple common decency, but his administration is now on notice: If this unconscionable handout to polluters is allowed to proceed, we will sue to stop it.”


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