Life has been getting more difficult for Donald Trump every day. He has been sued by women he allegedly harmed, those who attended his fake Trump University, and the New York Attorney General to name just a few. This newest lawsuit should shake him down to his very expensive shoes.
Now, two separate environmental organizations have decided to sue the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago. They claimed the hotel had clean water violations “directly in breach of a key Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule.”
The man sitting in the Oval Office’s EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, apparently has not managed to revoke those environmental regulations – yet. Pruitt has been plagued by a multitude of scandals, but he still keeps chipping away at President Barack Obama’s environmental improvements.
The Chicago chapter of the Sierra Club and the Friends of the Chicago River just entered their “intent to sue,” according to Chicago’s ABC 7 News. They said the hotel threatens recreation and a native fish species. Their Notice of Intent also claimed that the hotel used:
‘A cooling water intake structure that siphons water from the Chicago River was in violation of the Clean Water Act (CWA).’
Environmental groups worked with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to bring in thousands of fish native to the Chicago River. It cost almost half a million dollars.
These groups said that the hotel’s owner did not make the required tests that would:
‘Minimize damage to aquatic life from its water intake system — an action mandated under the law. It raises concerns that the system likely “traps and kills fish and other wildlife” in this method.’
Sierra Club chapter director, Jack Darin said:
‘Donald Trump has repeatedly said “we want crystal-clean water, and we want clean air — the cleanest ever” but his hotel has been negatively impacting the Chicago River for years.’
Executive Director of Friends of the Chicago River, Margaret Frisbie said:
‘These fish, and the multitudes of fish already in the river, are intended to take advantage of our public investment in cleaner water and improved habitat. Allowing the Trump International Hotel and Tower to continue to operate a system that traps and kills fish and other aquatic wildlife flies in the face of the momentum and investment surrounding a vibrant, healthy, revitalized Chicago River.’
To read the entire case, click on this link.
This is not the first or only lawsuit Trump has faced as president. The real estate mogul created a phony university that promised students that he would show them how to make money in business the way he had. Trump never showed, and the so-called university did not even qualify as a school – the students sued and won.
The New York attorney general then sued the entire Trump family for using their foundation as a slush fund. According to NBC News, the Trumps:
‘Allegedly used charitable assets to pay off the legal obligations of other entities he controlled, to promote Trump hotels (which are obviously not charitable organizations), to purchase personal items, and to support his presidential election campaign. The petition charges a number of specific instances, such as misusing foundation funds to settle legal disputes for his golf club, and to purchase a $10,000 portrait of himself.’
Featured Image via Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla.