(Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine
announced Feb. 28 that he has joined six state attorneys general in opposing
President Trump’s executive order that Trump described as paving the way
for the elimination of the Clean Water Rule (also known as the Waters of the
United States Rule, or WOTUS).
“Clean water is inextricably linked to the health and safety
of district residents,” Racine said. “In fulfilling my charge to protect district residents, I join my colleagues in promising to use all of the tools
at my disposal to preserve this precious resource.”
New York is
leading the coalition, which includes the attorneys general of the
District of Columbia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.
Together, the attorneys general issued a statement.
“We strongly oppose President Trump’s executive order that undermines
Clean Water Act protections and the public health and environment of our
states,” the attorneys general said. The president’s order
runs counter to the Clean Water Act’s and the Environmental Protection Agency’s, purpose -- achieving clean water. The
Clean Water Rule is a measured, reasonable, and lawful application of sound and
uncontroverted science to protect our nation’s upstream source waters.”
noted that it will aggressively oppose Trump’s actions in court.