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House Committee Releases EPA Maps Related to Waters of the US

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, August 29, 2014
The House Committee on Science, Space and  Technology released the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maps on the waters of the United States and wetlands for every state. These maps were drawn up in 2013 shortly after the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) initially proposed new guidance on the definition of waters of the United States. Despite assertions from the EPA that these maps have not been used to regulate yet, the picture painted by these maps underscores the potential reach of this rule. The EPA had not previously disclosed these maps to either Congress or stakeholders, despite several request by Congress and stakeholders. You can find copies of the maps here (avoid using the firefox browser). In addition, Chairman Lamar Smith sent a letter to Administrator Gina McCarthy requesting additional information about the maps, how they were used in the rule making process and asking for a 60-day extension of the comments. You can read the Chairman's letter here and the Committee’s press release here.
 
These maps do little to assuage industry and the public's concerns that this rule is an attempt by the EPA to extend its regulatory control across most of the United States.  The rulemaking process is ongoing and we are continuing to build a complete understanding of the impact.

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