Tell the U.S. EPA that Protecting Our Great Lakes is “Essential” – Even in a Pandemic!

‘Under a “new waiver” from Trump-appointed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) director Andrew Wheeler, a polluter may avoid a penalty even if the pollution problem puts public or environmental health at risk. It also waives some monitoring requirements so the extent of a pollution problem could be unknown. This temporary policy has no end date.’

A Call-Out to All of Us from the Alliance for the Great Lakes, a lakes-wide citizens advocacy group for protecting our Great Lakes basin

Posted April 7th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA)  recently issued an “enforcement discretion policy.” It suspends important pollution rules and will allow industrial facilities to avoid monitoring and reporting air and water pollution, without penalty, during the Covid-19 crisis.

We understand the need for flexibility during the current crisis, but this is a serious overreach and puts our communities and the environment at risk. We can’t further risk public health and safety in the midst of an unprecedented public health crisis.

Tell EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to rescind the “enforcement discretion policy” and keep our waterways safe by clicking on – [https://greatlakes.p2a.co/42vPn14?p2asource=email_040720]

This cartoon circulated earlier in Trump’s presidential term when he cut hundreds of millions of dollars in Great Lakes protection funding – funding used for programs that protect all Great Lakes residents, Americans and Canadians alike.

Under the new waiver from the U.S. EPA, a polluter may avoid a penalty even if the pollution problem puts public or environmental health at risk. It also waives some monitoring requirements so the extent of a pollution problem could be unknown. This temporary policy has no end date.

Clean water is critical at any time, and during the Covid-19 public health crisis we are relying on clean water for our basic health and safety. Workers and surrounding communities need U.S. EPA to enforce pollution regulations at the many industrial facilities still operating during the crisis.

Urge U.S. EPA Administrator Wheeler to rescind the “enforcement discretion policy” and develop a more thoughtful and targeted plan to enforce environmental regulations during this challenging time, by clicking on – [https://greatlakes.p2a.co/42vPn14?p2asource=email_040720]

Take Action [https://greatlakes.p2a.co/42vPn14?p2asource=email_040720]

Protecting Water, Sustaining Life

About the Alliance for the Great Lakes – The Alliance for the Great Lakes works to protect the Great Lakes for today and tomorrow. We involve tens of thousands of people each year in advocacy, volunteering, education, and research to ensure the lakes are healthy and safe for all.

Our staff are headquartered in Chicago, with field offices in Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Muskegon (Mich.), and Milwaukee. Our Board of Directors represent a wide range of interests and expertise from around the Great Lakes region.

For more information on the Alliance for the Great Lakes, click on its website at – https://greatlakes.org/ .

NIAGARA AT LARGE encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your views on this post in the space following the Bernie Sanders quote below.

 “A Politician Thinks Of The Next Election. A Leader Thinks Of The Next Generation.” – Bernie Sanders

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