Bill Exempting Forest Roads From CWA Clears Panel

Law360, New York (October 30, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT) -- Proposed legislation intended to prevent Clean Water Act lawsuits against timber companies over forest road stormwater runoff won approval from the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Thursday, advancing easily by voice vote.

The bipartisan Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act affirms the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's stance that discharge permits are not required for forest roads. The U.S. Supreme Court sided with the EPA in an environmental challenge to the policy earlier this year, but lawmakers said the bill is necessary to foil environmental...
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