"EPA to Rewrite Trump-Era Waters Rule That Boosted Builders"

"The Biden administration is planning to restore wetlands protections lost under a Trump-era rule that promotes development, the EPA announced Wednesday.

The Environmental Protection Agency said it and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to launch rulemakings to restore the pre-2015 definition of the waters of the United States, or WOTUS, under the Clean Water Act.

The move—expected to spark a cascade of new litigation—is at least a partial reversal of the Trump-era Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which took effect a year ago and lifted federal jurisdiction over many ephemeral streams and other wetlands.

It will also at least partly reverse the Obama-era Clean Water Rule, which was finalized in 2015 and expanded federal jurisdiction over wetlands, the EPA said."

Bobby Magill reports for Bloomberg Environment June 9, 2021.


"Biden Moves To Restore Clean-Water Safeguards Ended By Trump" (AP)

"Biden Pushes Protection For More Streams And Wetlands, Targeting A Major Trump Rollback" (Washington Post)

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 06/10/2021