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Business Leaders Criticize President’s Order to Gut Clean Water Rule

For Immediate Release: 
February 28, 2017

“The EPA should continue working with business to reduce pollution, not let upstream polluters continue to damage water sources for downstream businesses.”

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Bob Keener
ASBC
617-610-6766

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which with its member organizations represents more than 250,000 businesses, responded to President Trump’s executive order to undo an EPA rule to protect clean waterways.

The following statement may be attributed to David Levine, CEO of ASBC:

“Undoing this critical environmental rule is naive. It will actually hurt most businesses and put jobs in jeopardy. Worse, it will distract the EPA from building on the progress it has made in stewardship of our natural resources -- which all businesses depend on.

“The EPA should continue working with business to reduce pollution, not let upstream polluters continue to damage water sources for downstream businesses. This is a well written rule, extensively commented on by the public and business, and clarifies the key questions raised by the Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006.”

Independent, national polling (PDF) shows that most small business owners support federal protections of American waterways, with 80% favoring rules protecting upstream headwaters as in the Clean Water Rule. That support crossed political lines: 91% of Democrats, 73% of Independents and 78% of Republicans supported the protections. In addition, the poll found that two-thirds (67%) of small business owners were concerned that water pollution could harm their business in the future.

ASBC has long supported the rule and most recently helped organize more than 200 businesses sign an amicus brief to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, where a lawsuit against the rule is pending.

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