Feds Ask High Court To Halt Proceedings On Clean Water Rule

Law360, New York (March 9, 2017, 5:48 PM EST) -- The federal government has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to pause an appeal of the Sixth Circuit's decision that it has jurisdiction to hear challenges to the "Waters of the United States" rule, citing President Donald Trump's executive order to revise or rescind the rule.

The Obama-era Clean Water Rule aimed to clarify federal permitting jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act, but opponents including states and industry groups have challenged it. Appellate-level challenges were consolidated at the Sixth Circuit, which said in a 2-1 ruling in February that district courts don't have jurisdiction. The National Association of Manufacturers and several other...

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