House negates proposed new EPA rule to expand waters subject to Clean Water Act

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Builders and others objected to the rule, saying it would include ponds, creeks, and ditches on private property

May 18, 2015

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to force the Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate a proposed rule that would expand the definition of “waters” that are subject to the federal Clean Water Act.

Builders and others objected to the rule, saying it would include ponds, creeks, and ditches on private property and would require landowners to get federal permits before they could work around them. The vote means the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers will have to start over in their effort to update Clean Water Act rules.

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