Hearing to be Held Tomorrow on EPA Proposed Water Rule

EPA-300Tomorrow, the Small Business Committee will conduct a hearing titled “Will EPA’s ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule Drown Small Businesses?” The hearing will examine the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and United States Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed rule to broaden the scope of waters subject to federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires the agencies to conduct outreach to and assess the impacts of their proposed rules on small businesses and the hearing will explore the agencies’ fulfillment of these responsibilities.  Chairman of the Committee, Missouri Representative Sam Graves says “As drafted, this proposed rule will create more confusion, not less, about which bodies of water are subject to Clean Water Act jurisdiction.”  Last week, Graves and Members of the Committee wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo Ellen Darcy, who oversees the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to urge withdrawal of the pending rule.

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