US Environmental Protection Agency to end animal testing by 2035

US Environmental Protection Agency to end animal testing by 2035

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler scheduled a "major water policy announcement" at the headquarters of the National Association of Manufacturers, a trade group that has lobbied hard for the repeal of the Obama administration's Waters of the United States rule, or WOTUS.

Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, said the 2015 rule had generated a greater sense of urgency among its membership than any other issue.

The Trump administration plans to revoke an Obama-era regulation that provided federal protection to many US wetlands and streams, according to two Environmental Protection Agency officials with knowledge of the plan. Environmental groups and activists believe, however, weakening water regulations will only harm the sources of safe drinking water for USA citizens.

"The President's Dirty Water Rule will pollute and poison the clean drinking water of tens of millions of families and communities".

Betsy Southerland, who was director of science and technology in EPA's Office of Water during the Obama administration, said revoking its policy would create further regulatory confusion.

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Animal testing of chemicals is still necessary because cells in a petri dish can't yet replace whole living systems, according to Jennifer Sass, a senior scientist at the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council. "With millions from New Jersey to California lacking access to safe drinking water, and with toxic algae from North Carolina to OR threatening public health and our pets, now is not the time to create more loopholes for polluters".

"The so-called "Waters of the United States" regulation is a classic example of sweeping over-reach by non-elected federal bureaucrats", says Studley, "The Michigan Chamber doesn't object to reasonable regulations based on facts, sound science and the law".

For more than 46 years, the Clean Water Act has proved effective at making rivers, lakes, and streams safer for swimming, fishing, and drinking. Over the years, Gibbs has introduced legislation to repeal the rule and filed legal briefs to support lawsuits to overturn it. President Trump made a promise to farmers across the nation and I applaud him for keeping it by repealing these outrageous regulations. The rule opens the door for more pollution and toxic waste dumping in rivers, streams and wetlands across the country without any study of the effects on endangered wildlife. The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers are writing a replacement rule, which is expected to be finalized by the end of the year.

Though critics of the 2015 rule say it overregulated farmers, forcing them to get permits for every potential stream or body of water, the officials said that the rule maintained every exemption for agriculture that the Clean Water Act required them to, and they even expanded exemptions to extend to ditches and other bodies of water that didn't consistently flow. The executive order followed the legal view of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, which was not adopted by the Supreme Court.

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