EPA Redefines Scope Of Waters Shielded By CWA

Law360, New York (May 27, 2015, 10:46 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday unveiled the final version of their attempt to clarify exactly which American waterways are subject to federal jurisdiction, a controversial effort that seeks to make permitting decisions easier and bring regulations up to date with U.S. Supreme Court opinions.

The Waters of the United States rule has caused considerable angst in agricultural states where some saw the effort as a power grab by the federal government, and has been the focus of several congressional hearings as well as the target of legislation designed to block its implementation. The EPA...

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