House Passes Bill Limiting EPA Water Authority

Law360, New York (July 13, 2011, 11:34 PM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday to curtail the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's authority over water quality standards under the Clean Water Act, in Republican representatives' latest effort to strip power from the regulator.

Lawmakers voted 239-184, mainly on party lines, to pass H.R. 2018, the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011, which would provide states more authority to set their own water standards — despite a veto threat from the Obama Administration.

“Under the current administration the EPA has been overzealous in...
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