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Michigan reacts to repeal of clean water rules

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Michiganders have mixed reactions to the Trump administration rolling back a key Obama-era environmental regulation.

The Waters of the United States rule has been controversial since it was put in place under President Barack Obama. 

Liz Kirkwood is the executive director of For Love of Water, or FLOW. She said it’s important to protect Michigan’s fragile wetlands.

“It creates a problem of course when the federal government is establishing standards that are weaker than what states would like.”

But the Michigan Chamber of Commerce welcomes the administration move to scrap the regulations. A chamber spokesman said the rollback of this federal regulation is long overdue. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting. During his two and a half decades in broadcasting, Steve has won numerous awards, including accolades from the Associated Press and Radio and Television News Directors Association. Away from the broadcast booth, Steve is an avid reader and movie fanatic. Q&A