EPA Delays WOTUS Rule Implementation

The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers are formally acting to delay the effective date of the Obama-era “waters of the U.S.” rule by two years to give the Trump administration time to implement a replacement.

The Supreme Court essentially forced the administration to delay the effective date by ruling that the appeals court that originally put a hold on the rule lacked the jurisdiction to do so.

The agencies plan to propose a new WOTUS rule early this year, and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told a Senate committee Tuesday that he hoped to finalize the new rule by the end of 2018.

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