Clean Water Rule Not Strong Enough, Enviros Tell 6th Circ.

By Stan Parker (November 2, 2016, 11:16 PM EDT) -- Waterkeeper Alliance, the Sierra Club and other environmental groups urged the Sixth Circuit on Tuesday to make the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps Engineers fortify the Clean Water Rule, a controversial regulation also under attack from states, municipalities and industry groups.

The Clean Water Rule, published in June 2015, defines what bodies qualify as "waters of the United States" for permitting purposes under the Clean Water Act. After a fierce jurisdiction battle, the Sixth Circuit accepted opening briefs on the merits Tuesday from the environmental groups, as well as the states, industry petitioners and municipalities that want the...

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