EPA Poised To Drastically Expand Water Jurisdiction

Law360, New York (September 19, 2013, 5:06 PM EDT) -- New scientific findings released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week emphasize that most waters across the country are inextricably linked, which experts say lays the groundwork for aggressive new Clean Water Act rules expanding federal jurisdiction over wetlands, streams and other bodies.

A proposal addressing federal authority under the Clean Water Act has been expected for seven years, since the U.S. Supreme Court scaled back the government's power under the law and called for the EPA and fellow permitting agency the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to issue rules reflecting the court's finding that in order for the government...

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