NC AG and DEQ Announce Legal Action Against Clean Water Act Rollbacks

On April 21, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized rules that greatly weakens clean water and wetland protections. On Friday, May 1st, our state took a strong step to protect our communities.
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein and NC DEQ announced Friday that they will join with other states in a lawsuit challenging the EPA’s recent rollbacks to your water protections.  The Attorney General tweeted, “The people of NC deserve clean water. The livelihoods of our farmers, factory workers & fisherman all depend on it. This Trump administration proposal would set back wetland protections decades. I am proud to stand with Sec. Michael  Regan,  DEQ  and  Governor  Cooper.”
We are thrilled to hear this, and thank you to everyone who took action – via our Action Alert, calls, or letters – asking Governor Cooper and Secretary Regan to act for your waterways.
In February, Sound Rivers along with numerous other conservation organizations across the country filed a formal notice to sue the Trump administrtion for eliminating longstanding Clean Water Act protections for our state’s waterways. “The 2020 dirty water rule recently rolled out by the Trump administration attacks long-standing protections for wetlands and small streams which will have far-reaching negative impacts on North Carolina’s environment and its residents,” said Matthew Starr, Upper Neuse Riverkeeper. “We cannot stand idly by while important clean water protections are dismantled.”