Tag Archives: waters of the United States

Rolling Back Environmental Rollbacks in the New Administration

In 2016, the incoming Trump Administration stated its intention to reduce substantially federal environmental regulation. The president issued executive orders requiring two rule repeals for each new rule and directing the reorganization of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He also carried through on promises to announce the country’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords … Continue Reading

Government Repeals Obama-Era Waters of the U.S. Rule: Major Supreme Court Decision to Come, but ‘Regulatory Patchwork’ Remains

On Sept. 12, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army followed through on an early Trump administration promise to repeal a 2015 jurisdictional rule defining the scope of the government’s authority under the Clean Water Act. See Definition of “Waters of the United States”—Recodification of Pre-Existing Rules (pre-publication version). Dubbed … Continue Reading

EPA and Corps of Engineers Extend Comment Period for Revised Guidance on Identifying Waters Subject to the Clean Water Act

The U.S. EPA and the U.S. Corps of Engineers have extended the comment period on the proposed joint guidance issued on May 2, 2011. The proposed guidance describes how the agencies will identify waters subject to regulation under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, expanding the scope of Clean Water Act jurisdiction under existing guidance. … Continue Reading
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