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Conservative States Defend Water Rule From California-Led Suit

June 2, 2020, 1:20 PM

A coalition of conservative-leaning states went to court Monday to defend the Trump administration’s water jurisdiction rule.

Georgia, West Virginia, and 21 other states moved to intervene in litigation in order to help defeat challenges to the Navigable Waters Protection Rule—a joint regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers that narrows the types of wetlands and waterways subject to federal Clean Water Act restrictions.

  • A 17-state coalition led by California challenged the Trump administration’s rule a month ago in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Similar challenges are playing out in district...
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