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SWS files Amicus Brief in Clean Water Rule suspension case

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On Monday, the Society of Wetland Scientists filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to emphasize the importance of science in agency rulemakings. Several states and organizations have filed suit against the Trump administration for the suspension of the Clean Water Rule. The SWS brief asserts t...
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Waters of the United States applicability date published

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On February 6, the U.S. Army and EPA published a revised Clean Water Rule in the Federal Register that includes an applicability date. The purpose of the applicability date is to provide continuity and regulatory certainty for regulated entities while the agencies continue to consider possible revisions to the 2015 rule.
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Science Societies oppose the proposed addition of applicability date to Clean Water Rule

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Dear Administrator Pruitt and Mr. Fisher: On behalf of our nearly 200,000 members, the undersigned science societies respectfully submit the following comments in response to your solicitation regarding the proposed rule, Definition of "Waters of the United States" - Addition of an Applicability Date to 2015 Clean Water Rule, EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0644, p...
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Science Societies Oppose Scalia Definition of WOTUS

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In June, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the proposed repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule in anticipation of replacing it with a narrower definition of "Waters of the U.S." or "WOTUS." The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are currently soliciting recommendations for this new definition, the second step in the rulemaking pr...
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EPA and Army propose amendment to Clean Water Rule

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army proposes that the 2015 Clean Water Rule does not go into effect until two years after today's action is published in the Federal Register. This amendment would give the agencies the time needed to reconsider the definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS). Learn more . 
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SWS comments on proposed WOTUS Repeal

September 26, 2017 -  SWS submitted a letter opposing the rule to repeal WOTUS Clean Water Rule. Read the full letter .  
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Scientific societies respond to proposed WOTUS Repeal

  September 21, 2017 -  SWS and 11 other scientific societies submitted a letter opposing the rule to repeal WOTUS Clean Water Rule. Read the full letter . The comment period for the Repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule has been extended through September 27 . Submit your letter . 
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CASS requests proposed WOTUS Repeal not be exempted from the Administrative Procedures Act

September 21, 2017 -  SWS and the other scientific societies within CASS submitted a letter requesting that the proposed Repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule not be exempted from the Administrative Procedures Act, which would exempt it from the public review process. Read the full letter .  
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Send comments on Rule to Replace WOTUS Clean Water Rule before Nov 28

August 31, 2017 -  The comment period for the Repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule has been extended through September 27 . Submit your letter . Phase two of implementing Trump's Executive Order is to develop a new Clean Water Rule consistent with Scalia SCOTUS opinion. The U.S. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will accept written recom...
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Past president Davies featured in new article outlining WOTUS

August 28, 2017 -  SWS past president Gillian Davies was recently featured in an article outlining the complexities of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Clean Water Rule; "Davies likened wetland tributaries to capillaries in the body. If you introduce a pollutant into a capillary it can reach a vein and affect organ functioning. And just...
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