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The EPA and Corps of Engineers Propose an Expansive Definition of "Waters of the US"

Ashley Newhall
Photo by Edwin Remsberg

On April 21, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) proposed a rule to define the term “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.  In short, the proposed definition would broaden the current jurisdictional scope of “waters of the United States.”  If the proposed rule becomes law, it has the potential to regulate even more agriculture operations.  The comment period is currently open and it is vital that the agriculture industry voice its opinion of the proposed rule.

To read more about EPA/the Corps proposed change to the definition of "waters of the U.S.", click here.

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