Bloomberg Law
June 9, 2021, 6:27 PMUpdated: June 9, 2021, 8:40 PM

EPA to Rewrite Trump-Era Waters Rule That Boosted Builders (1)

Bobby Magill
Bobby Magill

The Biden administration is planning to restore wetlands protections lost under a Trump-era rule that promotes development, the EPA announced Wednesday.

The Environmental Protection Agency said it and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to launch rulemakings to restore the pre-2015 definition of the waters of the United States, or WOTUS, under the Clean Water Act.

The move—expected to spark a cascade of new litigation—is at least a partial reversal of the Trump-era Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which took effect a year ago and lifted federal jurisdiction over many ephemeral streams and other wetlands.

It will also at least ...

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