The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirmed Sept. 30 that legal proceedings to officially delay the proposed stormwater rule have been finalized. Originally set for Sept. 30, the publication date has been extended to Dec. 15 after negotiation between the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF; Annapolis) and EPA. The final rule still is slated for promulgation on Nov. 19, 2012, as originally outlined in a settlement agreement between the CBF and EPA. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson reportedly is reviewing the proposed rule. After her review, the rule will be forwarded to the White House Office of Management and Budget.