The Trump administration plans to roll back regulations designed to prevent the contamination of waterways with toxic chemicals that can damage human health, according to an official.
In a memo sent to agencies on Tuesday, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said that while the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving forward with an effort to reduce the use of water-borne toxic chemicals such as chlorine, lead and dioxins in drinking water, it is taking action to limit the use and disposal of such chemicals.
The memo said the EPA is “planning to reevaluate the regulations governing the chemical disposal of these chemicals.”
According to the memo, the EPA will begin to consider reducing the regulations by mid-2018, with the goal of reducing the total amount of chemicals used in the disposal of water.
“We are confident in our efforts to reduce our chemical use,” the memo said.
The EPA has issued multiple rounds of guidance to state and local governments to reduce their use of toxic chemicals in their drinking water.
They have also launched efforts to improve water quality, including using a variety of other techniques, including testing, treatment and monitoring.
In addition, the Trump Administration has taken steps to strengthen the federal government’s oversight of state water agencies, including by appointing a special commissioner to oversee the EPA’s oversight over water quality in the U.S.