only while they are "in the navigable waters of the United States
surface waters of the United States
to a significant extent.
On June 29, Arkansas and 11 other states sued the EPA over its rules defining Waters of the United States
If Congress seeks to improve federal environmental protections of waters of the United States
, it should not seek the indiscriminate expansion of federal regulatory authority.
To aid in the discussion, Section II of this article provides an overview of the CWA by examining the relevant statutory provisions and developed jurisprudence concerning the "addition" of a pollutant to navigable waters of the United States
To this end, the Corps developed regulations to implement Section 404, wherein the term waters of the United States
was further defined as including not only the traditional "navigable waters" but also "intrastate lakes, rivers, streams (including intermittent streams), mudflats, sandflats, wetlands, sloughs, prairie potholes, wet meadows, playa lakes, or natural ponds, the use, degradation, or destruction of which could affect interstate commerce.
Pruitt revisited that promise Thursday when his office announced a two-year delay to the implementation of the Waters of the United States
rule that has been fiercely condemned by ranchers, farmers and energy companies.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of the Army proposed the delay of the effective date of the 2015 Waters of the United States
rule (WOTUS Rule) until sometime in 2020, at the earliest.
possible that these waters may qualify as waters of the United States
EPA's illegal attempts to manufacture public support for its Waters of the United States
rule and sway congressional opinion regarding legislation to address that rule have undermined the integrity of the rulemaking process and demonstrated how baseless this unprecedented expansion of EPA regulatory authority really is," he said.
Also known as the Waters of the United States
rulemaking, the proposed definitions of waters will apply to all Clean Water Act programs.