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ANHE Statement on EPA Plan to Rescind the Clean Waters Rule

Today, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the EPA was rescinding the Clean Waters Rule. This rule was finalized in 2015, after significant public input, and provides necessary safeguards to protect the drinking water supply of over 117 million Americans.

“As nurses we recognize clean water as an essential component of human health,” said Katie Huffling, a registered nurse and the executive director of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. “Many of those impacted by unsafe drinking water are low-income families or communities of color. These communities need the EPA to strongly enforce current regulations, not rescind them, so children and families are not unknowingly being exposed to unsafe drinking water. By cutting these clean water safeguards, Administrator Pruitt is putting the health of millions of Americans at risk.”