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Environmental Blog

  • 31
  • July
  • 2017


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Public Comment Opens on WOTUS Rulemaking

On July 27, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Corps of Engineers jointly proposed to rescind the “waters of the United States” definition in the Code of Federal Regulations and to apply the definition in place both before to the 2015 rulemaking adding the definition and after the Sixth Circuit’s late 2015 stay of the rule. This rulemaking is drawing substantial interest because the definition outlines much of these agencies’ jurisdiction. Public comments are due on August 28, 2017.

The agencies also announced their intent to pursue a future rulemaking “in which the agencies will conduct a substantive reevaluation of the definition of waters of the United States.”

The Federal Register notice is available here

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Taylor Holcomb

Taylor Holcomb Senior Associate