H.Res.152 and S.Res.12 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that clean water is a national priority

H.Res.152 and S.Res.12 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that clean water is a national priority, and that the June 29, 2015, Waters of the United States Rule should be withdrawn or vacated – Express that clean water is a national priority, applauding past improvements, but requesting the “Waters of the U.S.A.” ruled adopted in 2015 be withdrawn or vacated.  On February 28, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to review, rescind, or revise the rule adopted in 2015 defining the scope of “waters of the United States” for purposes of regulating the discharge of pollutants under the Clean Water Act into navigable waters. On March 6, 2017, both agencies announced their intention to review and rescind or revise the Clean Water Rule.  Instead of reducing regulatory uncertainty, Trump’s order and the agency’s follow-up action will accentuate regulatory uncertainty and impede the government’s fulfillment of responsibility under the Clean Water Act “to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation’s waters.”


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