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Comment Opportunity Extended on EPA’s Complex Water Rule

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the 90-day public comment period for an additional 91 days, until October 20, 2014, for the proposed rule expanding the definition of "waters of the U.S." under the Clean Water Act.

| June 16, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the 90-day public comment period for an additional 91 days, until October 20, 2014, for the proposed rule expanding the definition of "waters of the U.S." under the Clean Water Act.

This rule would significantly impact how homeowners and professionals treat property near any water by subjecting man-made water bodies, rights-of-way, golf course ponds, ditches and flood plains to CWA regulation. The public comment period originally ended July 21, 2014.

RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) released a press release in support of the decision to extend the public comment period.

"The proposed rule is complex and includes many broad definitions of important terms defining what a ‘water of the U.S.’ would be under CWA jurisdiction. The extended comment period gives us the time to provide research and science to form meaningful and fully developed comments," said Aaron Hobbs, RISE president. "The rule would cause many negative consequences for homeowners and professionals and we are making sure we account for all of these concerns."

"Pesticide and fertilizer applications provide many benefits, including protecting our communities from vector-borne diseases, controlling the growth of noxious weeds and invasive species, and controlling harmful pests on public and private property. Under the proposed rule, these important applications could be jeopardized by costly permits," said Hobbs.




 

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