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Trump administration repeals waterway protections

September 13, 2019

Via: Jurist

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works RD James on Thursday announced the repeal of the Clean Water Rule.

The rule granted federal pollution protections for streams and wetlands.

The EPA and the Army claim that the “2015 rule … impermissibly expanded the definition of ‘waters of the United States.’” They explained that the repeal would allow the agency to correct this by “recodify[ing] the longstanding and familiar regulatory text that previously existed.”

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