By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory affairs, ARTBA

ARTBA is urging the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a bill that blocks environmental regulators from expanding wetlands jurisdiction to include roadside ditches and other bodies of water.

In a letter of support, ARTBA stated “roadside ditches are not, and should not be regulated as, traditional jurisdictional wetlands since they are an essential part of any transportation improvement project and contribute to the public health and safety of the nation by dispersing water from roadways.”

House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) introduced H.R. 1732, the “Regulatory Integrity Protection Act,” which restricts the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from the overreach.  The bill was approved by the T&I Committee April 15 by a vote of 36 to 22. The measure is now headed to the full House for action, though no date has been set for a vote.

Read ARTBA’s April 13 letter in support of the measure.