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EPA Moves To Replace Obama-Era Rule Protecting Drinking Water For 117 Million

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The drinking water of millions of Americans

A repeal of the Clean Water Rule could <a href=”http://www.ewg.org/release/trump-plan-gut-stream-protections-imperils-tap-water-117-million-americans” target=”_blank”>threaten the drinking water of 117 million Americans</a>, according to a recent nationwide analysis&nbsp;by the Environmental Working Group.<br><br>More than <strong>one-third of Americans</strong>&nbsp;get at least some of their drinking water from small streams, according to the report. More than 72 million Americans rely on small streams for <strong>more than half</strong> <strong>of their water</strong>.<br><br>In 21 different states, small streams were found to provide drinking water for 1 million or more people. More than 5 million people in New York, Pennsylvania and Texas get drinking water from small streams, said the EWG, as do more than 3 million people in Arizona, California, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina and Ohio.<br><br>”Small streams are where big rivers start, and the <a href=”https://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/risk/recordisplay.cfm?deid=296414&amp;CFID=75721536&amp;CFTOKEN=90692556″ target=”_blank”>best science</a>&nbsp;confirms that dirty streams means even dirtier rivers,&rdquo; EWG said in a statement. &ldquo;Undermining, weakening or rescinding [the Clean Water Rule] is a gift to corporate polluters and Big Ag, and a threat to public health and the environment.&rdquo;

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