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APWA Submits Comments on Proposed Waters of US Rule
On Friday, November 14, APWA submitted comments in response to the Waters of the US (WOTUS) proposed rule by EPA and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). APWA also signed onto a joint letter with other local government associations including the United States Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, the National Association of Regional Councils, the National Association of County Engineers and the National Association of Flood & Stormwater Management Agencies. Both letters expressed concerns about the proposed rule expanding the types of waters that will be considered jurisdictional and subject to additional Clean Water Act (CWA) regulations. Each letter expressed concerns about the proposed rule expanding CWA jurisdiction to ditches and municipal separate storm water sewer systems (MS4s). The joint letter expressed additional concerns about the lack of consultation with state and local governments when the EPA and USACE were drafting the rule.
To view a copy of the APWA letter, click here. To view a copy of the joint letter, click here.
Summary and Overview of the Proposed EPA Rule on the Definition of "Waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act
On April 21, EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers published a new proposed rule modifying the definition of ‘Waters of US’ under the Clean Water Act. The regulation potentially expands waters subject to Clean Water Act jurisdiction. The EPA is requestiong comments on this proposed rule. Comments were due on November 14, 2014. To read a summary of the rule, click here. To read the proposed rule, visit http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-04-21/pdf/2014-07142.pdf.