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Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is proposing changes to the Clean Water Act. The act passed in 1972, propelled by concerns over waterway pollution after the Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969. The proposed changes will redefine which surface waters the EPA can regulate for pollutants under the “waters of the United States” rules.
Under the new rules, some surface waters, e.g. lakes and ditches, may no longer be under federal authority. This reverses changes made in 2015 under the Obama Administration to enhance EPA regulatory authority.
The EPA and Acting Admin. Wheeler argue the shifts are designed to “establish federal regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act in a more clear and understandable way.” Critics, however, see the changes as opening up protected waters to potential hazards, pollutants and toxins.
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