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Friday, July 18, 2014

Environment - Comment period for EPA/Army Corps proposed rules to define ‘‘waters of the United States’’ ends Monday, July 21

Here is the 88-page proposal, which has this summary:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) are publishing for public comment a proposed rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA), in light of the U.S. Supreme Court cases in U.S. v. Riverside Bayview, Rapanos v. United States, and Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (SWANCC). This proposal would enhance protection for the nation’s public health and aquatic resources, and increase CWA program predictability and consistency by increasing clarity as to the scope of "waters of the United States" protected under the Act.
Governing has a July 18th article on the proposal by Daniel C. Vock, headed " Local Governments Divided over New Clean Water Rules: After court rulings muddied up the law, new federal rules seek to clarify which bodies of water have to abide by the Clean Water Act."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 18, 2014 01:21 PM
Posted to Environment