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June 1, 2015

EPA full steam with ‘Waters’ protection rule, but trouble ahead

The Obama administration on Wednesday launched a sweeping measure to protect the nation’s waterways and wetlands – an initiative that faces a fierce counterattack from powerhouse industries like agriculture, oil and home-building. On its face, the final “Waters of the United States” rule is largely a technical document, defining which rivers, streams, lakes and marshes fall under the jurisdiction of the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers. But the industries and their allies in Congress condemn it as a massive power grab by Washington, saying it will give bureaucrats carte blanche to swoop in and penalize landowners every time a cow walks through a ditch. And it comes amid years of complaints from Republicans about President Barack Obama’s regulatory agenda, which has encompassed everything from power plants and health insurers to Internet providers and for-profit colleges. Read More

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