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House Demands EPA Stop Waters Rule

ENV-WATER-150By Mark S. Kuhar

H.R.5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, passed Sept. 9 by a vote of 262 yeas to 152 nays, with more than 30 Democrats supporting the bill. The bill would force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the proposed rule expanding jurisdiction over Waters of the United States, and require consultation with the states. The results of this federal state consultation would be sent back to Congress, which would then decide whether to proceed with a rulemaking.

 

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Congressional Action Needed for Proper Water Safeguards

By Mark S. Kuhar

Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) has introduced “Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act” (H.R. 5078). This bipartisan legislation establishes safeguards that preserve important federal-state partnerships in protecting our nation’s waterways.

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Lafarge Participates in River Cleanup

Lafarge North America employees volunteered for a Living Lands and Waters river cleanup of the Des Plains River in Channahon, Ill., near the Lafarge U.S. Joliet Quarry.Lafarge North America employees volunteered for a Living Lands and Waters river cleanup of the Des Plains River in Channahon, Ill., near the Lafarge U.S. Joliet Quarry. The effort was part of the company’s national commitment to the organization. Earlier this summer, Living Lands and Waters also received a $20,000 donation on behalf of Lafarge U.S. and its employees.

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EPA Rescinding Valid Clean Water Permits

By Mark S. Kuhar

A decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revoke a valid Clean Water Act (CWA) permit from a mining operation in West Virginia could have ripple effects on the ability of public agencies and private firms to deliver urgently-needed transportation-improvement projects for the nation, American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) First Vice Chairman Nick Ivanoff, president and CEO of New York-based Ammann & Whitney, told members of Congress recently.

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