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Repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule

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On October 22, 2019, the Agencies published the final rule to repeal the 2015 CWR in the Federal Register, with an effective date of December 23, 2019. See EPA website: https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule/step-one-repeal. With this repeal, step 1 in a 2 step process, the agencies will implement the pre-2015 regulations. The final rule takes effect ...
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SWS and Scientific Societies Comment on EPA Proposed Rule to Update Clean Water Act Regulations on Water Quality Certification

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SWS and eight other scientific societies submitted comment letters on October 21, 2019 in opposition to the EPA's proposed rule "Updating Regulations on Water Quality Certification" https://www.epa.gov/cwa-401/updating-regulations-water-quality-certification. The proposed rule provides no scientific basis for how it would contribute to upholding th...
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South Carolina U.S. District Court issues nationwide injunction rendering CWR Suspension Rule void

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The U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina found that the Trump administration improperly suspended the Clean Water Rule (Read the Order). Specifically, the Court held that (1) the EPA and Corps violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) by refusing to solicit public comment on the merits of suspending the Clean Water Rule and ...
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SWS files Amicus Brief in Clean Water Rule suspension case

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On Monday, the Society of Wetland Scientists filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to emphasize the importance of science in agency rulemakings. Several states and organizations have filed suit against the Trump administration for the suspension of the Clean Water Rule. The SWS brief asserts t...
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Waters of the United States applicability date published

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On February 6, the U.S. Army and EPA published a revised Clean Water Rule in the Federal Register that includes an applicability date. The purpose of the applicability date is to provide continuity and regulatory certainty for regulated entities while the agencies continue to consider possible revisions to the 2015 rule.
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Science Societies oppose the proposed addition of applicability date to Clean Water Rule

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Dear Administrator Pruitt and Mr. Fisher:On behalf of our nearly 200,000 members, the undersigned science societies respectfully submit the following comments in response to your solicitation regarding the proposed rule, Definition of "Waters of the United States" - Addition of an Applicability Date to 2015 Clean Water Rule, EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0644, pu...
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Science Societies Oppose Scalia Definition of WOTUS

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In June, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the proposed repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule in anticipation of replacing it with a narrower definition of "Waters of the U.S." or "WOTUS." The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are currently soliciting recommendations for this new definition, the second step in the rulemaking pr...
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EPA and Army propose amendment to Clean Water Rule

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army proposes that the 2015 Clean Water Rule does not go into effect until two years after today's action is published in the Federal Register. This amendment would give the agencies the time needed to reconsider the definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS). Learn more. 
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SWS comments on proposed WOTUS Repeal

September 26, 2017 - SWS submitted a letter opposing the rule to repeal WOTUS Clean Water Rule. Read the full letter. 
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Scientific societies respond to proposed WOTUS Repeal

 September 21, 2017 - SWS and 11 other scientific societies submitted a letter opposing the rule to repeal WOTUS Clean Water Rule. Read the full letter. The comment period for the Repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule has been extended through September 27. Submit your letter. 
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