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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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House to examine state capacity to administer wetland protection

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The House Science, Space and Technology's Subcommittee on the Environment is scheduled to discuss the future of the Waters of the U.S. Rule or "WOTUS" rule. The regulation determines which wetlands and small waterways are protected by the Clean Water Act.The subcommittee will also examine state participation in administering Clean Water Act regulat...
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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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CASS requests proposed WOTUS Repeal not be exempted from the Administrative Procedures Act

September 21, 2017 -  SWS and the other scientific societies within CASS submitted a letter requesting that the proposed Repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule not be exempted from the Administrative Procedures Act, which would exempt it from the public review process. Read the full letter .  
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Send comments on Rule to Replace WOTUS Clean Water Rule before Nov 28

August 31, 2017 -  The comment period for the Repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule has been extended through September 27 . Submit your letter . Phase two of implementing Trump's Executive Order is to develop a new Clean Water Rule consistent with Scalia SCOTUS opinion. The U.S. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will accept written recom...
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Past president Davies featured in new article outlining WOTUS

August 28, 2017 -  SWS past president Gillian Davies was recently featured in an article outlining the complexities of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Clean Water Rule; "Davies likened wetland tributaries to capillaries in the body. If you introduce a pollutant into a capillary it can reach a vein and affect organ functioning. And just...
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U.S. Scientists Can Add Their Names to WOTUS Clean Water Rule Comment Letter Before August 28 Deadline

  August 4, 2017 -  SWS encourages members to submit individual comment letters on the proposed repeal of the 2015 Waters of the United States Clean Water Rule (see preceding news item for details), prior to the August 28th submission deadline here . In addition to sending individualized comment letters, or if you are short on time, wetla...
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