More EPA regulation of your pond or outfall?

September 10th, the US House of Representatives passed HR 5078 prohibiting EPA from expanding its definition of “US waters” to be regulated under the Clean Water Act. Potentially more wetlands, intermittent streams and other seasonal surface waters could be included. This could impact large and small cooling water system discharges, along with recently announced 316b rules. This may be something you want to know more about and EPA is still accepting comments on the proposed rules
(https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/06/24/2014-14674/definition-of-waters-of-the-united-states-under-the-clean-water-act-extension-of-comment-period#addresses).

For different points of view, try:
USEPA:
http://www2.epa.gov/uswaters

National Association of Counties Policy Brief:
http://www.naco.org/legislation/Documents/Waters-of-the-US-County-Analysis.pdf

Trench Warfare:
http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/09/waters_of_the_united_states_epa_s_proposed_update_to_the_clean_water_act.html.

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