Not surprising to anyone, is yet another instance of our President’s blatant disregard for the environment. Trump International Hotel & Tower has been releasing millions of gallons of water without proper permits, nor any consideration of the impact on the Chicago River's aquatic life.
The Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, has filed a suit against Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago. “Trump Tower continues to take millions of gallons of water from the Chicago River every day without a permit and without any regard to how it may be impacting the river's ecosystem”, said Madigan. The Sierra Club and the Friends of the Chicago River have also announced plans to sue over the issue.
Trump Tower takes in almost 20 million gallons of Chicago River water daily, to cool its air conditioning, ventilation and heating systems. That's way more than other, similar skyscrapers in the city, reported by the Chicago Tribune.
Buildings of the Trump Tower’s size are required by the Clean Water Act to submit a study on the impact of their intake systems on fish populations. This is because the fish get pulled into a cooling system or trapped by intake screens, resulting in death.
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Trump’s disregard for the rule of law is troubling, Trump Tower has failed to secure a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. Since August of 2017, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) alleges that Trump Tower has not renewed their now expired NPDES permit, and continues to release the heated water anyway into the Chicago River. The impact on the fish and aquatic life is devastating.
Several states and conservation groups are legally challenging the Trump administration's two-year suspension on the Waters of the United States (WOTUS), rule which protects large water bodies like lakes and rivers (such as the Chicago River) as well as waterways such as streams, ponds and wetlands for federal protection.
New York State’s Attorney General and a coalition of attorneys generals from California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia have also challenged Trump’s move to dismantle The (WOTUS) Rule.
Environmentalists claim that the (WOTUS) suspension will allow uncontrolled pollution and destruction of our nation's rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands. It is now becoming clear that the Trump and his corporate raiders are waging war on the environment.
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The Trump Organization's business practices aren't any more environmentally friendly than the policies of President Trump. Trump clearly thinks he is above the law.
Just don’t tolerate any further abuse to our waterways. If you find any local business or home that is polluting our waters, contact your local environmental group or reach out to the Clean Water Network or the Waterkeeper Alliance.
Remember when we call pull together we can solve any problem, let’s take a stand on the war on our water. Tell the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to force industries to follow the rules, real change can happen.
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