Trump administration set to remove pollution control protections for waterways
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Trump administration set to remove pollution control protections for waterways

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Red-winged Blackbird. attacking a Great Egret. Madrona Marsh Wetlands is a vernal freshwater marsh and is approximately 43 acres. Torrance, California

A red-winged blackbird and a great egret at Madrona Marsh Wetlands in Torrance, California. Photo: Citizen of the Planet/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The Trump administration is set to unveil Thursday the final rules that scale back environmental protections for water bodies including streams and wetlands, the New York Times first reported.

Why it matters: This is one of the biggest environmental rollbacks by the Trump administration yet. Withdrawing and replacing the Obama-era rule that expanded protections has been a big priority for powerful industries such as the agricultural sector, real estate developers and fossil fuel producers, Axios’ Ben Geman notes.

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