Agencies Start Process to End Water Rule

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(AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have started a process aimed at ending a federal regulation — opposed by some small business groups — that sought to expand government jurisdiction over bodies of water.

The agencies published a notice in the Federal Register last week seeking comment on the government’s plan to rescind the Waters of the United States rule, which would shield many small streams, wetlands and other bodies of water from pollution and development.

Some small business groups and agricultural organizations oppose the rule, claiming that it imposes unfair limits on the use of private lands. One concern raised by small business groups is that the rule would prevent companies from making improvements to their property — for example, creating parking lots — without going through a lengthy and expensive permit process.

The agencies’ move follows up on an executive order signed by President Donald Trump in February directing the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to review the rule. The regulation issued in 2015 has not yet taken effect because it has been the subject of litigation. It is related to the Clean Water Act.

You can see the agencies’ proposal and submit comments on the Federal Register’s website. Visit http://bit.ly/2vQBeY9 .

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