EPA, Army Corps issue final Clean Water Rule
July 1, 2015
The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today published the final rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act.
EPA and the Corps have called the regulation the Clean Water Rule, but it was previously known as the Waters of the United States Rule. Most farms groups have vigorously opposed it. There are bills in Congress to stop implementation of the rule and there is expected to be court action.
In the rule, the agencies noted they are issuing it "in light of the statute, science, Supreme Court decisions in U.S. v. Riverside Bayview Homes, Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (SWANCC), and Rapanos v. United States (Rapanos), and the agencies' experience and technical expertise."
The notice says the rule is effective on August 28, and shall be considered issued for purposes of judicial review at 1 p.m. Eastern time on July 13.
Despite criticism, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has continued to promote acceptance of the rule, including during a speech today at George Mason University's Washington Youth Summit on the Environment held at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo.
The youth program provides high school students with an interest in environment, conservation and sustainability with a hands-on experience to explore careers in environmental science, conservation, policy, law and engineering.
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