EPA finalizes ‘waters’ rule; businesses say it will lead to more land use regulation

The Environmental Protection issued final regulations defining what bodies of water would be subject to Clean Water Act permitting requirements, upsetting business groups that contend the rule will expand federal control over how land is used.

The EPA contends the Clean Water Rule simply provides more precise definitions are what types of waters are subject to federal regulation. This should streamline Clean Water Act permitting, it contends.

“For the water in the rivers and lakes in our communities… …read more