House Passes Bill To Block EPA Proposal That Would Protect Millions Of Miles Of Streams

by SAMANTHA PAGE – The Republican-led House of Representatives passed a bill this week that would block a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to clarify what streams, tributaries and wetlands can be protected under the Clean Water Act. The proposed Waters of the United States rule would help protect the one third of Americans who get their drinking water from sources that are currently without oversight, said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. Opponents said the proposed rule is regulatory overreach, and farm organizations voiced concern that the EPA would start checking up on agricultural ditches and seasonal puddles — bodies of water that are currently not regulated by the Clean Water Act. “In no way do we intend to reduce the exclusions or exemptions that are currently in the Clean Water Act,” McCarthy said at a hearing in February. “Our goal in this rule is very straightforward. It is...

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