States asked for Clean Water Act input

States asked for Clean Water Act input

The Trump administration has reached out to state governors for help rewriting the former Waters of the United States rule.

May 19, 2017
The Hill
Water Conservation

The Trump administration is reaching out to state governors for help in rewriting former President Barack Obama’s controversial water pollution rule.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt, along with acting Assistant Secretary for the Army Douglas Lamont, sent a letter Tuesday to governors asking for their “input and wisdom” on what bodies of water should be regulated by the federal government in the Clean Water Act.

Following an executive order President Trump signed in February, the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are working on a two-step process to rewrite the Obama regulation known as the Clean Water Rule, which asserted federal power over small bodies of water such as wetlands and stream headwaters.

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