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Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory affairs & assistant general counsel, ARTBA

The U.S. House of Representatives May 12 passed an ARTBA-supported measure blocking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from expanding wetlands jurisdiction to include roadside ditches and other bodies of water.

The measure, if enacted, would force EPA to withdraw its current proposed rule defining “waters of the United States.” In an April 13 letter of support for the legislation, 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.”

The House approved the “Regulatory Integrity Protection Act” (H.R. 1732) in a 261-155 bipartisan vote.  The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing May 19 on the Senate version of H.R. 1732—introduced by Sen. John Barasso (R-Wyo.).  Read ARTBA’s April 13 letter of support.