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SWS files amicus brief in Clean Water Rule suspension case 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…

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Waters of the United States applicability date published 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…

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Supreme Court decision on WOTUS jurisdiction spurs EPA action Written by the American Fisheries Society On January 22, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that challenges to the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule must be heard in district courts rather than in U.S. Federal Courts of Appeal presenting a procedural hurdle to the Trump Administration’s efforts to repeal…

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Science Societies oppose the proposed addition of applicability date to Clean Water Rule 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…

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Science Societies oppose the proposed addition of applicability date to Clean Water Rule The Honorable Scott Pruitt Administrator U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Policy Regulatory Reform Mail Code 1803A 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20460 The Honorable Ryan Fisher Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Office of the Assistant Secretary of…

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House to examine state capacity to administer wetland protection The House Science, Space and Technology’s Subcommittee on the Environment is scheduled to discuss the future of the Waters of the U.S. Rule or “WOTUS” rule. The regulation determines which wetlands and small waterways are protected by the Clean Water Act. The subcommittee will also examine…

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Science societies oppose Scalia definition of WOTUS 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…

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Science Societies oppose Scalia definition of WOTUS The Honorable Scott Pruitt Administrator U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Policy Regulatory Reform Mail Code 1803A 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20460 The Honorable Ryan A. Fisher Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Department…

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Past president Davies featured in new article outlining WOTUS 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…

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SWS comments on proposed WOTUS repeal Re: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0203; FRL-9962-34-OW; Definition of “Waters of the United States” – Recodification of Pre-existing Rules Dear Administrator Pruitt and Deputy Assistant Secretary Lamont: These comments are submitted regarding the proposed rule, Definition of “Waters of the United States” – Recodification of Pre-existing Rules, EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0203; FRL-9962-34-OW, published in the Federal…

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