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Jun 26

The ''Waters of the United States'' Proposed Rule: Is It a Federal Power Grab?

On April 21, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published a proposed rule that would define the scope of their jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA) through a new definition of “waters of the United States.” Recent Supreme Court cases have struck down past agency efforts to broadly interpret this language. Now, the agencies are back again with a new definition, but there is significant criticism that once again the EPA and the Corps are going too far by trying to expand their power. What waters would the rule cover? How would the rule impact farmers and ranchers? How would it affect property owners and local governments? Join us as we discuss the details of this controversial proposed rule and its wide-ranging impact.

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Virginia S. Albrecht
Special Counsel, Hunton & Williams 

Don R. Parrish
Senior Director, Regulatory Relations, American Farm Bureau Federation 

Julie A. Ufner
Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties 

Tabby Waqar
Program Manager, Environmental Policy, Advocacy Group, National Association of Home Builders

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