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EPA being quietly dismantled by Trump administration

While the COVID-19 pandemic is raging and the Black Lives Matter movement is capturing the headlines, the Trump administration has been quietly dismantling the Environmental Protection Agency.

Corporations don’t like government regulations. He rolled back the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act to look at any projects impact on the air, land, water or wildlife to speed approval for new mines, pipelines, construction projects, etc. Public input is no longer allowed.

The Endangered Species Act was also effected. One of these was the 1918 Migratory Bird Act, which made companies liable when birds were injured or killed. BP was fined $100 million for their spill in the Gulf in 2010. From now on, such spills will be considered “accidents” and companies no longer liable.

Another EPA rollback now allows for the use of a previously banned bee-killing pesticide and allows four times the concentration of a weed killer run-offs into lakes and rivers effecting marine and wildlife.

He rolled back the Native American Graves Protection Act in order to build part of his Wall, which ran through an ancient burial site in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Several previously protected ancient Saguaro Cacti were also torn down.

The Interior Dept. is leasing public lands, including national parks and forests to oil, mining and logging companies. One company has petitioned to open a uranium mine near the entrance to the Grand Canyon.

He reversed Obama’s executive order that created a 5,000-square-mile marine sanctuary off the coast of New England to protect against over fishing.

The Bureau of Land Management wants to round up wild horses and sell them for slaughter so that cattlemen can graze their livestock on public lands.

This is just a sampling of what he has done. For a complete list, Google “Trump+Environment”.

A Cree Indian prophecy says, “Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.”

Biden has said it will be very difficult to undo what Trump has done, but if he is re-elected, it will take a generation.

Harold Wilson | Corydon, Ind.

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