Administration Releases Guidance Document on U.S. Waters

The Obama administration recently released a national clean water framework to outline responsibilities of several agencies in protecting U.S. waters. It includes a guidance document drafted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers defining which U.S. waterbodies are subject to Clean Water Act regulations. The Water Environment Federation initiated a conference call and other professional associations and EPA during which the agency reiterated that comments are needed to improve the guidance document and proposed rule-making. The guidance document will soon appear in the Federal Register for a 60-day public comment period. See the April 29 issue of This Week in Washington for more information.

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