The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have proposed a controversial Clean Water Act rule that would seek to expand their regulatory power over almost any type of water in the nation. What types of waters would the proposed rule cover? Is it an expansion of existing law? The agencies argue that the rule is consistent with Supreme Court precedent—is this accurate? Is the rule consistent with the language and intent of the Clean Water Act? This panel will answer these questions, discuss practical implications for property owners, and provide the facts about the rule while dispelling the myths. In addition, there will be discussion as to what Congress should do to stop this major power grab. Recently, the agencies sent a final rule to the Office of Management and Budget for its approval. The final rule could soon become a reality.
More About the Speakers
M. Reed Hopper
Principal Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation and
Counsel for John Rapanos in Rapanos v. United States (2006)
Don R. Parrish
Senior Director, Regulatory Relations, American Farm Bureau Federation
Research Fellow in Agricultural Policy