Post Tagged with: "Waters of the U.S."

COMMENTARY: The Liberal Case for EPA’s New WOTUS Law

COMMENTARY: The Liberal Case for EPA’s New WOTUS Law

August 10, 2020 at 1:05 pm 0 comments

By Mike Keegan After withstanding numerous preemptive judicial challenges, the Trump administration’s version of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) went into effect on June 22. The Trump rule circumscribed the federal regulatory power over U.S. waters compared to the 2015 Obama administration’s rule which circumscribed the previous ruleRead More

EPA: Trump administration’s new WOTUS definition seeks to end confusion, federal overreach

EPA: Trump administration’s new WOTUS definition seeks to end confusion, federal overreach

January 27, 2020 at 12:21 pm 0 comments

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James last week announced a new, clear definition for “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule.  According to EPA and the Department of the Army, the new definitionRead More

Legal Corner: Where, Oh Where, Will All the Wetlands Go?

Legal Corner: Where, Oh Where, Will All the Wetlands Go?

October 15, 2019 at 3:02 pm 0 comments

By Stanley A. Millan & Elise M. Henry The battle over how to define federal waters began in the early 1970s and continues today. As a result of changing policy and legal uncertainly, it is a challenge for anyone to determine what qualifies as a “water of the United States”Read More

In 2016, DC Water issued a unique $25 million Environmental Impact Bond, the proceeds of which went to green infrastructure projects to reduce the flow of stormwater into the Potomac River.

EPA, Army Corps repealing 2015 WOTUS rule, recodifying definition

September 19, 2019 at 2:57 pm 0 comments

At an event last month in Albany, N.Y., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Pete Lopez, joined by representatives from the New York Farm Bureau and the Business Council of New York State, announced that EPA and the Department of the Army are repealing a 2015 rule that impermissiblyRead More

EPA, Army finalize WOTUS applicability date

EPA, Army finalize WOTUS applicability date

February 5, 2018 at 12:00 pm 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of the Army (Army) have finalized a rule adding an applicability date to the 2015 Clean Water Rule (the 2015 Rule). This rule provides clarity and certainty about which definition of “waters of the United States” is applicable nationwide in responseRead More

Fitch Ratings: WOTUS credit neutral

Fitch Ratings: WOTUS credit neutral

March 13, 2017 at 9:30 am 0 comments

According to Fitch Ratings, the potential repeal of, or change to, the Waters of the United States rule (WOTUS) would be largely neutral for Fitch-rated public utilities in the near- to mid-term as they are already subject to water regulations outlined by the Clean Water Act (CWA) and their capitalRead More

Trump rolls back Waters of the U.S. rule

Trump rolls back Waters of the U.S. rule

February 28, 2017 at 1:20 pm 0 comments

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to review Waters of the United States regulations to make sure they align with the administration’s goals. The move, which has been expected since Trump took office,Read More

How could Trump’s EPA nominee affect water?

How could Trump’s EPA nominee affect water?

January 3, 2017 at 10:22 am 1 comment

In December, President-elect Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If confirmed by Congress, Pruitt — a Republican and frequent opponent of President Obama’s environmental policies — would oversee the 15,000-employee agency and could undo several regulationsRead More