Update: October, 2015. A ruling by a district court in North Dakota (August 27) blocked the implementation of the rule. EPA felt that the injunction only applied to the 13 states that were involved in bringing the lawsuit and announced it would apply the rule in the other 37 states as scheduled. On October 9, 2015 a federal appeals court ruled that the injunction applied to all states & territories and that EPA could not implement the rule as they planned.
Update: May, 2015. In Congress, there is a significant effort underway to block the rule. The House voted to do so and the Senate is expected to follow suit. The president has indicated that he will veto the bill if/when it reaches him. It is uncertain at this time if there are enough votes to override a veto, but it is likely that an effort would be made.
Update: April, 2015. The rule has been finalized and sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.
Update: February, 2015. The portion of this proposal (interpretive rule) related to conservation practices exempt from permitting has been withdrawn by EPA. The rest of the proposed rule is still being finalized based on public comments received prior to the end of the comment period.
In this webcast, Rose Kwok of EPA’s Office of Water, and Ken Kopocis, senior advisor in the EPA’s Office of Water, will explain the proposed rule and discuss what the proposal would mean to the agriculture sector. This presentation was originally broadcast on June 20, 2014. More...
The intention of this webcast is to educate on the contents of the proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule. The audience is encouraged to comment on the proposed rule through the EPA website. The opinions of the presenters are their own, they are not necessarily the opinions of the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center.
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