TAG: Clean Water Rule

Government Affairs: Will Congress beat Trump to the punch in rescinding WOTUS?

August 3, 2017By

Congress and President Trump seem to be in a race to rescind the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulation issued by the Obama administration. The WOTUS regulation was a joint effort by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to clarify the definition of water bodies that would come under their regulatory jurisdiction. The... read more

Trump orders review of WOTUS

March 1, 2017By

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Feb. 28 designed to begin the roll back of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule, NBCnews.com reported. It is the first major announcement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since its new head, Scott Pruitt, was confirmed by the Senate. The executive order instructs both agencies to formally examine the Obama-era rule, also known as the Clean... read more

Political analysis: 2016’s biggest issues

December 27, 2016By

As 2016 winds down, it’s time to look back at some of the hottest issues of the year, as well as where the issues currently stand. H-2B Reform Language providing H-2B relief was included in the federal fiscal year 2015-2016 omnibus spending bill. President Obama signed that bill into law on Dec. 18, 2015. What that means: Through Sept. 30, 2016,... read more

UPDATE: Senate fails to override Obama veto

January 26, 2016By

UPDATE: A Senate vote to override a veto from President Obama fell short Jan. 21. Obama previously vetoed a resolution that would have overturned the Clean Water Rule, the Hill reports. The 52-40 vote was short of the 60 votes needed for the cloture to move on to the House and ends a GOP push to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Water Rule.... read more

Federal court blocks Clean Water Rule

October 13, 2015By

A federal appeals court temporarily blocked a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regulation that would bring more waterways and wetlands under federal protection, the Wall Street Journal reported. With a 2-1 rule, the Cincinnati-based Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay on the Clean Water Rule or “Waters of the United States” rule, which... read more

5 Questions with… EPA’s Ken Kopocis on new clean water regs

June 4, 2015By

Late last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule. It was more than a year in the making, and there has been much talk among members of the landscape industry and its trade organizations about how certain provisions could affect landscape and lawn care operators. LM posed some of those concerns... read more