The Environmental Protection Agency's plan to regulate small bodies of water around the country has found some unlikely supporters: small business owners.
A new poll from the American Sustainable Business Council released Wednesday found that 80 percent of small business owners say they would support provisions of the EPA's Waters of the U.S. rule.
“This national poll shows that most small business owners support exactly the same protection of clean water that the EPA has proposed in its Waters of the U.S. rule,” Richard Eidlin, policy director for the American Sustainable Business Council, said in a statement.
“This makes perfect sense given the vital importance that clean water plays in running a successful business," Eidlin added. "Small business owners place a high value on clean water because they are concerned about potential damage to the economy from water pollution. They also believe that government regulation is needed to safeguard clean water.”
The American Sustainable Business Council poll found that nearly two-thirds of small businesses say government regulation is necessary to prevent water pollution.
In fact, 71 percent of small business owners believe it is important for their businesses to have clean water, while 67 percent are concerned that water pollution could hurt their businesses.