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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Bill to Block Clean Water Rule

capitolThe full Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Fiscal Year 2016 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill, which includes a provision to prohibit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) from implementing the Clean Water Rule. The Rule was previously known as the Waters of the U.S. Rule. The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration. “We worked to include a measure in this bill to block EPA funding for the rule, which will prevent the EPA from implementing its overreaching Waters of the U.S. regulation,” says North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, who is a member of the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee.

USEPA issued its final Clean Water Rule in late May. It includes broad new definitions of the scope of “waters of the United States” that fall under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. Critics of the Clean Water Rule say that if it is implemented, the expansion of the USEPA’s regulatory authority would have significant economic impacts on property owners, who would face new federal permits, compliance costs, and threats of fines. Lawmakers who do not support the Clean Water Rule introduced the Federal Water Quality Protection Act that would rescind the Waters of the U.S. Rule and require the USEPA to start the process over with more input from stakeholders.

The Clean Water Rule will be effective August 28, 2015 - 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. If you have questions about how the Clean Water Rule could impact your facilities, planned projects, or existing programs, contact Jeff Hruby, AE2S Water Resources Practice Leader, at Jeff.Hruby@ae2s.com or 701-221-0530.




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