15 AGs Slam Trump Move To Limit Federal Authority Under Clean Water Act

"The attorneys general from 14 states and the District say the EPA would no longer oversee half of the nation’s wetlands."

"Attorneys general from 14 states and the District of Columbia on Tuesday vehemently opposed the Trump administration’s proposal to roll back a regulation known as Waters of the United States, a move they said would end federal oversight of 15 percent of streams and more than half of the nation’s wetlands.

The limit on the federal government’s authority to regulate the pollution of wetlands and tributaries that run into the nation’s largest rivers would be a major win for builders, farmers, coal miners and frackers.

In comments filed Tuesday before the end of the public comment period, the state attorneys general said that the Trump administration’s proposal in December for a more limited rule violates the Administrative Procedure Act and runs contrary to the Clean Water Act’s objective of restoring the nation’s waterways."

Steven Mufson reports for the  Washington Post April 16, 2019.


"States Say Half Of Wetlands Would Lose Protection Under EPA Proposal" (Reuters)

Source: Washington Post, 04/17/2019