The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wrote to the State of California on Thursday, warning it that it might be violating federal water high quality legal guidelines by failing to take care of the homeless disaster and the air pollution it causes.
President Trump hinted final week throughout a fundraising journey to the state that the EPA could be planning to behave in opposition to California for neglecting the homeless disaster by citing it for violating environmental legal guidelines.
A letter from EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, offered by the Washington Post, indicated:
The EPA is conscious of the rising homelessness disaster growing in main California cities, together with Los Angeles and San Francisco, and the impression of this disaster on the setting. Indeed, press studies point out that “piles of human feces” on sidewalks and streets in these cities have gotten all too frequent. The EPA is involved in regards to the potential water high quality impacts from pathogens and different contaminants from untreated human waste coming into close by waters. San Francisco, Los Angeles, and the state don’t look like performing with urgency to mitigate the dangers to human well being and the setting which will outcome from the homelessness disaster.
The letter additionally expresses concern about San Francisco’s follow of “routinely discharging multiple billion gallons of mixed sewage and stormwater into San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean on an annual foundation.”
Wheeler says that the EPA is ready to step in until California can assuage its considerations inside 30 days.