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Trump Waters Proposal Narrower With Impact Clear as Mud

Dec. 11, 2018, 9:03 PM

The range of waterways subject to federal pollution regulations would be narrower under a hotly anticipated proposal released Dec. 11, but the Trump administration said it did not know the on-the-ground impact.

The proposal is the administration’s attempt to replace an Obama-era rule to better define waters of the U.S., or WOTUS, which are subject to Clean Water Act requirements.

Andrew Wheeler, acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said his primary goal in crafting this new proposal was to make it easier for a landowner to tell whether a federally protected waterway is on their property and therefore subject ...