Clean Water Action: EPA sends an appalling letter to California

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Washington, D.C. -- The Environmental Protection Agency, today, sent a letter to California claiming California is not living up to its responsibilities under the Clean Water Act, citing homelessness as one of the main reasons.

Clean Water Action Communications Director, Michael Kelly, responded with the following statement:

"This is a disturbing use of EPA’s voice and authority. The Trump administration is targeting people experiencing homelessess and turning EPA into a political weapon to settle scores with the President’s perceived enemies. It’s appalling that Andrew Wheeler is using the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act, not to hold polluters accountable and protect public health, but to attack people living on the streets and the local and state governments that are actually trying to solve the homelessness crisis and implement our water laws. This is all happening at the same time that the administration is doing everything it can to dismantle basic protections for clean water. The public won’t stand for this -- we want real solutions, not an administration willing to scapegoat our most vulnerable neighbors."


Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. We will protect clean water in the face of attacks from a polluter friendly Administration.



Michael Kelly