Agencies allow more time to comment on rescinding the definition of “Waters of the U.S.”

Deadline moved from August to September

Posted August 25, 2017

EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have extended the comment period for the proposed rule to rescind the definition of “Waters of the United States.” The new deadline has been moved from August 28, 2017, to September 27, 2017.

The July 27 proposed rule, titled “Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ — Recodification of Pre-Existing Rules,” is intended to revise the Clean Water Rule (CWR), which expanded the scope of the Clean Water Act over the nation’s waters.

The agencies say that proposing to re-codify the regulations that existed before the 2015 CWR “will provide continuity and certainty for regulated entities, the states, agency staff, and the public.”

The proposed rule is only the first step in the planned roll-back of the CWR. The second step will include a substantive re-evaluation of the definition of “Waters of the United States.”


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