EPA orders California to fix water pollution blamed on homeless

A stretch of the American River in Northern California is seen in this undated image

A stretch of the American River in Northern California is seen in this undated image

This, among other issues identified in the administrator's letter, is a failure to properly implement federal programs and has resulted in the subsequent need for more direct EPA oversight to ensure human health and environmental protection.

"I would love to have a President that wants to work with us on solutions to the challenges we face, whether that be with our infrastructure, our need for more housing, or helping people exit homelessness."Eric Schaeffer, director of the Environmental Integrity Project and a former top enforcement official at EPA, said the agency's current focus on homeless encampments is misdirected when it "has done so little to enforce illegal discharges from much larger sources across the U.S.". "If California does not step up to its delegated responsibilities, the EPA will be forced to take action".

"As I've said before, there are no needles washing out to the Bay or ocean from our sewer system, and there is no relationship between homelessness and water quality in San Francisco".

He referring to a 2014 study from the American Society of Civil Engineers that listed homeless camps among several other origin points for fecal bacteria water. It criticizes San Francisco for routinely discharging inadequately treated sewage into the Pacific Ocean.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says California is falling short on preventing water pollution, largely because of its problem with homelessness in big cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler outlined the complaints Thursday in a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom.

California is working to be a pioneer on fighting climate change and go beyond environmental standards set by the federal government.

During a fundraising trip to California last week, the president portrayed the homeless as harmful to the state: "If these Democrat liberal politicians don't straighten it out, the federal government will have to come in".

The Trump organization and California are in a raising battle about a scope of issues, including vagrancy, nature and movement.

Under Trump, Wheeler has sent public letters to other official entities in California discussing various environmental practices.

Not long ago, Wheeler sent a letter to the California Air Resources Board, blaming the state for having the most exceedingly very bad air quality in the United States.

On the same day, he wrote a letter announcing settlements with eight different California industrial facilities violating the Clean Air Act's safety regulations.

Trump's announcements have incited the fury of destitute backers in California.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed reacted exactly, dismissing Trump's cases. "It's just not a real issue".

But homeless people would be an extremely minor source compared to overflows from municipal sewage plants and failing septic systems, said Betsy Southerland, a former director of EPA's Office of Science and Technology. "We can't have our cities going to hell", and claimed that pollution was flowing from city sidewalks into the ocean, although the storm drains actually lead to wastewater treatment plants.

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