Feds Propose Expanded Clean Water Act Protections

Law360, New York (March 25, 2014, 1:52 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday issued a long-awaited proposal that would clarify Clean Water Act regulatory jurisdiction and enhance protections for bodies of water, particularly those that are seasonal or dependent on rain and wetlands near streams.

The 370-page proposed rule would define the scope of “waters of the United States” protected under the CWA, determinations the agencies claim have been confusing and complex after U.S. Supreme Court decisions caused the agency to frequently evaluate jurisdiction on...
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