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US House Approves Bill to Stop Waters of US Rule Expansion PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 08:50
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Tuesday, the US House of Representatives passed the  Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (H.R. 5078) which prevents the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing new rules that would expand federal regulatory authority. The bill passed by a margin of 262-152262-152 


Having been at the Capitol this week working on this issue, BASE would like to thank Rep. Mike McIntyre and Rep. Walter B. Jones and their staffs for their support of this important initiative.


H.R. 5078- Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014H.R. 5078- Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014, prohibits the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from:

  • developing, finalizing, adopting, implementing, applying, administering, or enforcing the proposed rule entitled, "Definition of 'Waters of the United States' Under the Clean Water Act," issued on April 21, 2014, or the proposed guidance entitled, "Guidance on Identifying Waters Protected By the Clean Water Act," dated February 17, 2012; or
  • using the proposed rule or proposed guidance, any successor document, or any substantially similar proposed rule or guidance as the basis for any rulemaking or decision regarding the scope or enforcement of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act).

The bill requires the Army Corps and the EPA to withdraw the interpretive rule entitled, "Notice of Availability Regarding the Exemption from Permitting Under Section 404(f)(1)(A) of the Clean Water Act to Certain Agricultural Conservation Practices," issued on April 21, 2014.

Further, the bill requires the Army Corps and the EPA to consult with relevant state and local officials to develop recommendations for a regulatory proposal that would identify the scope of waters covered under the Clean Water Act and the scope of waters not covered.

THANK YOU to those BASE members and local governments which have called on Congress to act on this critical issue. It is imperative that the US Senate now address the issue. In spite of the House action, the EPA rulemaking and public comment process is still open until October 20. IF YOU HAVE NOT SENT IN FORMAL COMMENTS, PLEASE DO SO ASAP!

REGISTER NOW: Town Hall Meeting with NCDOI Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, September 22 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 12:51
Carolina Beach Council Adopts Resolution On Proposed Changes To EPA Waters of US Rules PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 August 2014 12:18

"The Town of Carolina Beach has adopted and maintains policy that opposes legislation to expand Federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act unless the associated costs are born solely and entirely by the Federal government and its agencies and not levied as an unfunded mandate on the public and private sectors" and "much of the anticipated cost of this rule would be financed from municipal resources, and thus divert resources from other essential public services"

The proposed resolution states the Town wants the, "EPA and the Corps of Engineers suspend consideration of the Waters of the U.S. rule until local governments and other stakeholders are engaged in drafting a rule that addresses to the satisfaction of local governments and other stakeholders the full economic impact for all sections of the Clean Water Act beyond Section 404 (e.g. Sections 301, 311, 401, 402); incorporates the conclusions of the Science Advisory Board;, and addresses the concerns of other federal agencies with water management and regulatory responsibilities affected by such a rule."

Read the full story at the Island Gazette herehere
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