Tribes Challenge Trump's Interpretation Of Clean Water Act

By Clark Mindock (March 29, 2021, 4:26 PM EDT) -- Two New Mexico Native American tribes say the Trump administration broke the law when it narrowly interpreted portions of the Clean Water Act, and want the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to revert to the earlier interpretation of the law.

In a suit filed Friday, the Pueblo of Laguna and Pueblo of Jemez told a New Mexico federal court that the Trump administration's decision to repeal and replace rulemaking on what constituted protected "navigable waters" under the CWA was inconsistent with that law's legislative intent to protect American water from pollutants. It also failed to honor the special relationships between tribes and...

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