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Tell Biden: It's time to put clean water and a healthy environment front and center

I support Waterkeeper Alliance's proposal for the Biden administration's first 100 days. The last four years have posed immeasurable challenges to environmental protection — devastating more than 100 environmental safeguards and undoing decades of progress in the fight for clean water and a sustainable planet.

It's time to right those wrongs and chart a new course — one that puts clean water and a healthy environment front and center. I support the following priorities for the Biden administration's first 100 days:

• Protect Public Lands and Waters from Fossil Fuel Extraction: Ban new fossil fuel leasing on publicly owned federal lands by issuing a new executive order directing all relevant agencies to pursue said ban and bringing our nation’s environmental justice policies and systems into the 21st century;
• Prioritize Environmental Justice: Revise Executive Order 12898 – or issue a new executive order – to immediately prioritize reversing the grave systemic damage done to environmental justice policy and enforcement in the United States over the past four years;
• Issue a New Executive Order to Restore the Clean Water Act: Expedite the process for repairing the broken definition of “waters of the United States,” repealing the Trump Dirty Water Rule and replacing it with a new regulatory definition that fully restores science-based protections for our waterways, and reinstating state and tribal authority and public participation rights under the CWA section 401 water quality certification process;
• Restore the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): Issue an executive order directing the Council on Environmental Quality to promptly repeal the Trump NEPA rollback rule and to replace it with new regulations that will effectuate the statute’s purposes consistent with the administration’s priorities; and
• Rescind Trump’s Most Damaging Environmental Executive Orders: Rescind executive orders that directed all federal agencies to repeal at least two existing regulations for each new regulation issued (EO1371), directed the EPA and the Army Corps to weaken the definition of WOTUS (EO 1378), directed federal agencies to review, rescind, and/or revise rules and agency actions that impede U.S. energy production (EO 13783), directed Commerce to assess the opportunity cost associated with potential energy and mineral exploration and production at national monuments and marine sanctuaries (EO 13795) and directed the EPA to reduce state and tribal authority under the Clean Water Act (EO 13868).