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EPA Seeks Durable Waters Definition, Nominee Tells Senate Panel

May 12, 2021, 6:12 PM

The Biden administration is trying to understand Obama- and Trump-era difficulties in defining federal waters as it moves to protect waterways, President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the EPA’s water office told a Senate panel Wednesday.

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to arrive at a durable definition of federal waters, known as the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, that can survive in future administrations, Radhika Fox said during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

In 2015, the Obama administration offered an expansive interpretation of federal waterways that President Trump’s EPA sharply scaled back in 2020. Both ...

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