Health officials have been warning about a rising epidemic of paper pollution, which is increasingly common across the country.
The CDC estimates that more than 1.6 million Americans are currently living in areas with a high level of paper-pollution-related deaths.
The paper-watermark process involves watermarking and other marking of a document with a thin layer of water to make it more difficult to decipher.
The process has been used in the United States since the 1930s and is a crucial part of paper printing.
The United States was the only country in the world to have a paper watermark in World War II, when Germany had a total of 8.3 million papers printed for its army.
But the paper watermarks have now been superseded by the opioid epidemic.
The Trump administration has said it will remove all watermarked documents from federal offices and that any document that includes a watermark will be treated as “irregular” and subject to penalties, including fines.
Trump’s decision to scrap watermarkings from federal buildings could affect the nation’s economy, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
The opioid epidemic has affected U.K. paper mills and caused a shortage of supplies, according to the Journal.
In April, the UK Ministry of Defense announced that it would cease its use of watermarks on official documents.
That led to a massive backlog of documents that the government had to fill.
The backlog has also forced British authorities to import more paper.