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Comment Period Extended for Waters of the United States Proposed Rule

lakeThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have extended the public comment period for the proposed definition of Waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act. The proposed rule was developed after members of Congress and representatives of industry, agriculture, businesses, as well as hunters and fisherman requested a rulemaking to clarify the definition of Waters of the U.S. Originally, the comment period was set to close in late July, but has been extended until October 20, 2014 due to the large number of requests received from lawmakers and local stakeholders.

The intent of the proposed rule is to clarify the definition of streams, wetlands, and other jurisdictional waters under the Clean Water Act. The proposed definition will apply to all Clean Water Act programs. USEPA and USACE say the updated definition of Waters of the U.S. is intended to be consistent with the Supreme Court’s more narrow reading of Clean Water Act jurisdiction.

To access more information from the USEPA about the proposed rule, click here. If you have questions about how the updated rule could impact your water system, contact Jeff Hruby, AE2S Water Resources Practice Leader, at Jeff.Hruby@AE2S.com or 701-221-0530. To access the Federal Registry and submit a comment on the proposed rule, click here.

 

 




 

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