Calls To Toughen Water Quality Rules After Sackett Face Many Doubts

May 26, 2023
President Joe Biden, environmentalists and others are pledging to work with federal agencies and states to toughen water quality rules after the Supreme Court significantly narrowed the scope of Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction, though such efforts face significant uncertainty in part because more than two dozen states are barred from adopting standards stricter than federal limits. “There’s 30-some states whose legislatures have passed laws that say they can never be more stringent than the federal government, so the question...

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