The biggest disaster the country has seen since Hurricane Katrina, massive drought in South Dakota, has created a situation where, as of this writing, there are about 20,000 people without drinking water, and at least 2,000 are in need of immediate medical assistance, according to a report from Axios.
The news comes just two days after Trump’s first executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce the amount of methane released by power plants in the United States.
The EPA says the methane release from power plants is the biggest environmental disaster in the U.S. in recent memory.
The agency said in a statement Monday that it has reduced methane emissions from coal-fired power plants by about 30 percent in the past five years.
But the EPA also noted that “methane emissions from non-fossil fuel sources have continued to rise due to increased demand and higher gas prices.”
“Methane is an extremely potent greenhouse gas, and the EPA has repeatedly identified methane as a major source of climate change and health impacts,” the EPA said.
“The president’s executive order, which takes effect on July 5, is expected to result in a massive reduction in methane emissions by 2025.”
Trump’s executive action also targets the state of Texas and three of its cities, and he’s also ordered the EPA to start considering methane as an alternative fuel for electric vehicles.
The executive order has already had an effect.
At the beginning of the week, the EPA began collecting methane data in Texas, where the state is trying to reduce its methane emissions.
But the EPA will only consider data collected in Texas for power plants, according the Associated Press.
That data will be combined with data from other states, the AP reports.
“It’s a big change, and I think the EPA’s going to have to go through a lot of legal hurdles,” Texas Power & Light Co. President &, President Sam Nunn told AP.
“There’s a lot going on right now.”
The AP reported that the EPA is working to collect methane data for the entire country, and it will likely begin collecting the data by July.