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EPA Extends Public Comment Period, Offers Call for Waters of the U.S.

June 12, 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are extending the public comment period for the Waters of the U.S. proposed rule an additional 91 days, from July 21 until Oct. 20.
 
This extension is in response to numerous requests received by the agencies.
 
EPA is seeking input from local officials around the country during the comment period so the agency can better understand and address local government issues before issuing a final rule. The agencies are continuing to meet with representatives of states and local governments, stakeholders, and elected officials during the comment period. The Waters of the U.S. proposed rule will clarify protection under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation's water resources. Information about the proposed rule can be found on EPAs website.
 
The agencies have also extended the public comment period on the interpretive rule by 30 days to July 7. The interpretive rule ensures that 56 specific conservation practices that protect or improve water quality and are conducted in conformance with Natural Resources Conservation Service practice standards will not be subject to CWA Section 404 permitting requirements for discharges of dredged or fill material.
 
EPA also invites local officials to participate in a conference call to hear presentations that touch on key issues they have raised on Tuesday, June 17 at 12 p.m. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments to senior EPA officials about the proposed rule.
 
Call Details
 
Tuesday, June 17
12 – 1:30 p.m.
Dial-in Number:  (877) 312-7961
Conference ID#:  56618674
Please dial in 10 minutes prior to the start of the call.


 
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