THIS IS EASTERN STANDARD TIME!
EPA is currently holding teleconferences to hear from stakeholders regarding their recommendations to revise the definition of “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
This is a direct result of Trump's Presidential Executive Order on Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the "Waters of the United States" Rule" (2/28/17). This executive order directs that the "Administrator and the Assistant Secretary shall consider interpreting the term "navigable waters," as defined in 33 U.S.C. 1362(7), in a manner consistent with the opinion of Justice Antonin Scalia in Rapanos v. United States, 547 U.S. 715 (2006)". If the EPA decides to adopt Scalia's interpretation, wetlands will no longer be considered under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. The general public are invited to ONE teleconference meeting...this is it!
MUST BE REGISTERED BY MONDAY NOVEMBER 20TH TO PARTICIPATE!
On Tuesday, November 21, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of the Army is holding a teleconference for the general public at large to hear from stakeholders their recommendations to revise the definition of “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. The agencies will provide a brief presentation via webinar and then invite stakeholders to provide verbal recommendations. Registration for this webinar will close on November 21, 2017. Persons or organizations wishing to provide verbal recommendations during the teleconference will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to the expected volume of participants, individuals will be asked to limit their oral presentation to three minutes. Participants who are selected to give verbal recommendations will be notified in advance, and additional participants will be notified in advance of their selection as "alternates" on a standby list to provide verbal comments if time permits. Supporting materials and comments from those who did not have an opportunity to speak can be submitted to the docket, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0480, at https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0480-0001. The agencies will not be formally responding to verbal or written recommendations.