Oil & Gas Journal – The US Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Army, and Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) jointly proposed rescinding the 2015 Clean Water Rule, and restoring language that existed prior to the law’s controversial Waters of the US (WOTUS) provision.
The June 27 action would provide certainty until the agencies can produce a fresh rule following a substantial reevaluation of what defines “waters of the United States,” EPA said. The proposed rule would be implemented in accordance with Supreme Court decisions, agency guidance, and longstanding practice, it said.
EPA and ACE jointly issued the rule that expanded enforcement under the Clean Water Act in late May 2 years ago. Congressional Republicans and US industries including oil and gas immediately said it went too far in defining bodies of water that would be regulated (OGJ Online, May 28, 2015).
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