Governors offer recommendations to EPA and Army Corps regarding Waters of the United States


On June 19, 2017, Western Governors sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt and Acting Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) Douglas W. Lamont concerning their renewed rulemaking efforts to clarify “Waters of the United States” as the term applies to the jurisdictional scope of the Clean Water Act. 

The letter addressed states’ rights and ability to allocate, administer, protect and develop water resources within their boundaries. The letter also encouraged early, meaningful and substantive involvement between the EPA, the Corps and states throughout the development, prioritization and implementation of federal environmental statutes, policies and rules.

The governors noted their previous outreach to the agencies, and concern about the lack of substantive consultation with states during the promulgation of the 2015 Clean Water Rule, while also recognizing the current work of the agencies to conduct early outreach to states in this renewed rulemaking process.

Read, download the Letter 

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