ARTBA, as part of a coalition of 50 industry associations, urged all Senators September 17 to take action on H.R. 5078, the “Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act.” The legislation, which the House of Representatives passed last week by a vote of 262 to 152 , would prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from finalizing a proposed rule which could extend federal wetlands permitting authority over roadside ditches to include non-navigable bodies of water, greatly expanding federal Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction. Specifically, the groups stated “Senate action on the bill will send a strong message” that EPA’s current proposal is too broad and needs to abandoned in favor of an approach which would “maintain environmental safeguards and simultaneously protect businesses and landowners from unnecessary regulation.” The Senate has not made any indication as to whether it will act on H.R. 5078. Read the coalition letter.
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