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Frosh Joins Lawsuit Challenging Trump changing definition of Clean Water Act

May 1st, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh today joined a coalition of 19 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s final rule narrowing the definition of the “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.  The final rule continues the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) effort to weaken water quality protections under the Clean Water Act.  Specifically, the new rule removes federal protections for all ephemeral streams, many wetlands, and other waters that were previously covered under the Act.  In the lawsuit, the coalition argues that EPA’s rule directly conflicts with the text of the Clean Water Act, Supreme Court precedent, and the EPA’s own scientific findings.


“Repeated efforts by the EPA to weaken water quality protections threaten the health of our rivers, streams, and lakes – potentially rolling back decades of hard-fought progress in restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay,” said Attorney General Frosh.  “We will continue to fight back against this relentless assault on environmental protections.”

10 Responses to “Frosh Joins Lawsuit Challenging Trump changing definition of Clean Water Act”

  1. May 01, 2020 at 4:04 pm, Steve said:

    I certainly hope this DID NOT encompass any of your time during a “Pandemic” which should occupy ALL of your time & attention, to aid the citizens of MD. WOW!!!


  2. May 01, 2020 at 6:39 pm, Dave said:

    According to merriam-webster an ephemeral stream is “a stream that flows only briefly during and following a period of rainfall in the immediate locality”. So we are ok with the federal government having a say about your yard if water flows through it after a down pour? My neighbor wanted to put in a pond on his property and they said he couldn’t because that area was a “dry trout stream”. I’ve never seen a trout in a dry stream or a dry trout in any stream! It’s about time somebody trims the government’s reach. I pay $60 a year to clean up the bay because I have a septic tank. I would like to have someone explain to me how the water in my septic tank can ever reach the bay. The more the government has a say about things the more they want to control.


  3. May 01, 2020 at 7:55 pm, Paolo Primavera said:

    We in Western Maryland and Eastern West Virgina, if we have a septic tank easily can pollute the Chesapeake Bay. It’s simple physics. Due to the fact that we are much higher in elevation than Baltimore and Annapolis. Simple Physics should tell you that gravity will cause all runoff and seepage through Mother Earth to the sea levels and into the Bay. Thus polluting it! Still any fool should know that crap runs downhill. You really need to go back to school and retake Earth Science and Physics. Then you’d understand the problems we face today.


  4. May 02, 2020 at 5:03 am, Ron said:

    Frosh is going to run for governor so he wants name recognition. With all the emphasis on rural water pollutants I wonder if anything has been done to curb or ban lawn fertilizers in the bay’s urban communities? I understand this is a major source of bay pollution.


    • May 02, 2020 at 10:25 am, Jay said:

      The biggest polluter to the bay, I believe, is the run-off from farms that pour into the Susquehanna.


  5. May 02, 2020 at 10:18 am, mac said:

    When the rivers start burning again it will be time to return to sensible regulations.
    Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Santayana.


    • May 02, 2020 at 11:17 am, dave said:

      > I am so glad that someone (Paolo Primavera) took the time to explain “simple physics” to me, a fellow that didn’t know crap flows downhill. Since I am too old to go back to school would you be so kind as to explain how if human waste is biodegradable, unlike mercury or phosphates, and it is, so I am told, broken down in my septic tank and the liquid that comes out is filtered through the soil in my drain field. How is that my waste reaches the bay? Is all well water polluted by septic systems? Some are down hill from drain fields and a lot closer than the bay. When the city dumps their treated waste into the river how much human waste reaches the bay? If you think that even untreated human waste dumped in the ground somehow makes it to the bay unchanged and pollutes it, I’m afraid you didn’t succeed in educating me.While you are at it explain to this “fool” how water that flows west (other side of the continental divide) gets into the bay? Look it’s a wonderful country and everybody is entitled to their opinion and they can express it even in a condescending way. And by the way our $60 goes into the general fund not to clean up the bay. A tax by any other name is still a tax. If you are happy with that I’m happy for you.


      • May 02, 2020 at 7:28 pm, hollywood said:

        Basically a very sound post Dave, Paolo must have one of those 250 mile leach fields that are so very common in Allegany County, funny thing is, they all seem to terminate in Brian Frosh’s front yard. Always wondered how that guy could be so Full of Shit.


  6. May 02, 2020 at 7:38 pm, hollywood said:

    Donald Trump has been sued more than any other living human being ever! Brian Frosh has been a petitioner in at least half of them. Ever hear of ” Frivolous Frosh “?


  7. May 02, 2020 at 8:04 pm, Joe Wellberg said:

    Brian Frosh needs to have his funding frozen till people get back to work. Also he needs to have his paycheck frozen as well.


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