Your Daily Docket – Monday, April 24, 2017

EPA Regulatory Reform Sample Comment Scripts for the Savvy Citizen.

ACTION ALERT: EPA REGULATORY REFORM – PUBLIC COMMENTS ENDS 5/15/17. Comment Early and Often!

I Support the Waters of the United States Rule – Sample Script for Monday, April 24, 2017

(Please do not cut and paste!  Edit the script to make it your own and add personal commentary.  These scripts are designed to inform and are for inspiration and ideas!)

Click here to submit your comments:  Proposed Rule (Evaluation of Existing Regulations) and Comment Submission Link  

I Support the Waters of the United States Rule

I am writing to voice my concern over Trump/Pruitt’s attempts to overturn the Waters of the United States Rule of 2015.  Trump has made many false claims about this Rule including that the rule is “hurting farmers and ranchers” by regulating “nearly every puddle and ditch”, and that rule represents “a massive power grab” and is “putting people out of jobs by the hundreds of thousands.”

It is not a secret that the fracking industry, which opposes the new permitting and regulatory requirements, is one of many industries behind the push to eliminate this rule which was designed by the EPA to clear up confusion over federal wetlands protection and extends the reach of the Clean Water Act by about 3 percent, to encompass streams and wetlands, i.e. source waters—the waterways that flow into rivers, lakes, and oceans. 

Groups that have put their powerful lobbying efforts against this rule do not have the interests of the American public in mind and are only beholden to their shareholders to increase profits to the detriment of the environment and public health.  The Environmental Protection Agency was initiated by the Nixon Administration when it was obvious that corporations could not counted on to regulate themselves after the public witnessed major waterways catching fire and life-threatening smog from industrial pollution.

It is short sighted and dangerous to pit the health of the environment against the economy. Waterways protected by the Waters of the United States Rule, such as wetlands, are critical safety nets that provide natural flood control, filtration, and defense against sea-level rise in many coastal areas. Streams and creeks are water intakes for drinking water, and if these feeder waters are polluted and destroyed, so is the drinking water for millions of Americans.  The drinking water for 1 in 3 Americans is provided by small streams and wetlands and these vital waterways need to be protected from the source. The EPA’s core mission is to protect public health so any effort to eliminate or weaken the Waters of the United States Rule or other like regulations is criminal.

Background Information – Regulatory Reform Summary

What is “Your Daily Docket”?

 – 3 weeks of daily scripts until the Public Comment period closes May 15, 2017 –

Your Daily Docket provides 3 weeks of daily scripts for public comments for the Proposed Rule, Evaluation of Existing Regulations, aka (in Trump/Pruitt’s minds) “how best to gut the EPA”.  Trump/Pruitt are likely expecting industry to flood the public comments docket with their wish lists, and call it a day on May 15 when the comment period closes. However, a quick look at the comments submitted so far have been more to the tune of, “I like to breathe. When I can’t breathe I get scared. I also like to drink water.”  https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190

We want to encourage you and your neighbors to enter comments on the open docket early and often until the public comment period closes on May 15.

Your Daily Docket provides daily scripts for ideas and inspiration for your own comments. Take the daily comments and make them your own. We aim to make each Your Daily Docket speak to a particular issue.

Let’s use our collective voice for ourselves, our planet and future generations!

Featured image information: RAW SEWAGE IS DISCHARGED INTO THE OCEAN THREE MILES FROM WAIKIKI BEACH. AN EPA LOAN TO BUILD A TREATMENT PLANT IS IN THE WORKS. Honolulu, HI. October, 1973. Environmental Protection Agency. Still Picture Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S). Public Domain.

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