Government Moves to Rescind 2015 ‘Waters of the U.S.’
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Army and the Army Corps of Engineers today announced they are proposing to rescind the 2015 “Waters of the U.S.” language and re-codify the regulatory language in place prior to that year. The agencies say their proposed rule would be implemented “in accordance with Supreme Court decisions, agency guidance and longstanding practice.”
“We are taking significant action to return power to the states and provide regulatory certainty to our nation’s farmers and businesses,” says EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
The proposed rules follow a February 28, 2017 Presidential Executive Order that states it is in the national interest to ensure U.S. navigable waters are free of pollution while simultaneously promoting economic growth and minimizing regulatory uncertainty.
The government news release did not state when the proposed new rule will the published or when such rule would take effect.
You can read more on the controversy surrounding the waters of the U.S. here. Go to page 25.