ARTBA, along with 38 other trade association allies, sent the House Small Business Committee a July 30 critique of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed rule that attempts to lay the groundwork for expanding Clean Water Act (CWA) regulatory jurisdiction to include a host of new U.S. bodies of water. The associations specifically faulted EPA for ignoring administrative safeguards requiring the agency to consult with small businesses before promulgating regulations. Further, the letter expressed concerns with the EPA’s economic analysis of the proposed rule, noting that costs could be much higher than EPA estimates. ARTBA is particularly concerned the EPA’s proposal could expand federal regulatory reach under the CWA to such an extent that a substantial increase in delay could occur as a result of increased permitting burdens placed on transportation projects, along with greater opportunities for litigation by project opponents. Read the letter.
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