EPA and USACE extend comment deadline to October 20 for clarification of “Waters of the US”


From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

The Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers extended the comment period for new rules on Waters of the United States under the federal Clean Water Act. The federal agencies added an additional 90 days in extending the deadline for comments to Oct. 20.

The move came after urging by political and water interests, including Colorado Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, both Democrats.

The rules, published in the Federal Register on April 25, are an attempt to resolve federal jurisdiction issues after conflicting U.S. Supreme Court opinions on that authority.

Water users, particularly in the West, fear that the new rules would affect mostly dry washes and wetlands along with streams that have been traditionally regulated.

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