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Additional Public Comments Requested on WOTUS Repeal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the Department of the Army (Army) have issued a supplemental proposal to the July 2017 proposed action to repeal the 2015 definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS). The proposal requests comments on the legal basis of the 2015 WOTUS rule. Comments will be accepted through the Federal Register until August 13, 2018.

During a WOTUS public comment period in 2017, the USEPA and Army heard from hundreds of thousands of stakeholders about the proposal to repeal the 2015 definition of WOTUS. The agencies are issuing the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking to give the public an opportunity to comment on additional considerations that support the agencies’ proposed repeal of WOTUS.

"This supplemental proposal reflects our continued commitment to common sense in the rulemaking process," says R.D. James, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.

The agencies will accept public comment on the supplemental proposal for 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register. The USEPA says commenters do not need to resubmit previously provided comments. Click here to access the WOTUS documents on the Federal Register and provide comments.