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Business Decries Admin Plan to Repeal Clean Water Rule

For Immediate Release: 
June 27, 2017

“Repeal puts polluters ahead of the rest of the business community.”

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Bob Keener
ASBC
617-610-6766

WASHINGTON, DC (June 27, 2017) -- In response to the Trump Administration’s announced decision to roll back the Clean Water Rule, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which with its member organizations represents more than 250,000 businesses, released the following statement. It may be attributed to Richard Eidlin, Co-founder and Vice President of Policy:

“The Trump Administration’s rush to repeal the Clean Water Rule is putting polluters ahead of the rest of the business community.

“Business depends on clean water. We don't get clean water by gutting protections for streams and wetlands. We can't support and grow businesses by putting the natural water infrastructure they rely on at risk of destruction.”

Jim Osgood, CEO of Klean Kanteen, a member of ASBC, spoke today on a telepress conference, headlined by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin. Osgood said, “Our business depends directly on clean water. If customers are uncertain about the quality and safety of their tap water, they won’t buy our product. But every business needs clean water to support their operations and as part of a safe and productive workplace for their employees. On behalf of our 70 employees, and our customers across the country, I urge the Administration and Congress to strengthen our nation’s water protections not weaken them.”

New Belgium Brewing Company also commented. “Rescinding the Clean Water Rule is poor policy,” said Jenn Vervier, Director of Strategy and Sustainability for the company. “Protecting people, plants, animals, and the many businesses that rely on clean water is at the center of that rule. As a craft brewery, healthy water is a vital ingredient in our beer. We live and work among iconic American Rivers: the French Broad in North Carolina and the Cache la Poudre in Colorado, and this move allows the introduction of pollution to vital waterways and uncertainty to the businesses and communities that depend upon them.”

ASBC has long supported the Clean Water Rule, most recently submitting an amicus brief to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. More information may be found at: http://asbcouncil.org/action-center/campaigns/business-depends-clean-water

The American Sustainable Business Council advocates for policy change and informs business owners and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, sustainable economy. Through its national member network, it represents more than 250,000 business owners, executives and investors from a wide range of industries. www.asbcouncil.org