Clean Water Act Inconsistency Lingers Long After Rapanos

Law360, New York (July 11, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT) -- Seven years after the U.S. Supreme Court scaled back the government's jurisdictional power under the Clean Water Act in Rapanos v. United States, a decision that could have paved the way for clear federal standards has instead cultivated confusion and uncertainty thanks to conflicting lower court rulings and agency inaction.

The high court struggled to come to a consensus in the 2006 case, in which Michigan landowner John Rapanos was targeted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to acquire a permit before developing wetlands...
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