States Face Uncertain New Burdens From Narrower CWA Jurisdiction Test

April 11, 2019
State regulators say EPA’s proposed Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule will leave them with uncertain and potentially costly burdens to regulate waterbodies that the rule would leave to state discretion, including dealing with losses in federal funding and duplicating federal programs that would be cut back under a narrow reading of the CWA. In interviews with Inside EPA ahead of the CWA proposal’s April 15 public-comment deadline, state sources said the 60-day comment period has given them little...

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