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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Asks the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to Withdraw Their 'Waters of the U.S.' Proposal


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Statement from William Kovacs--the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's senior vice president for the environment, technology, and regulatory affairs--in:
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(KOVACS):
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THE E-P-A AND THE 'ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS' HAVE PROPOSED REDEFINING THE OFFICIAL PHRASE, 'WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES'.  AND, THIS PROPOSAL, WE BELIEVE, WOULD BROADEN THE AGENCIES' JURISDICTION TO ALMOST ALL WATERS--INCLUDING DITCHES, PONDS, AND STREAMS.  INDEED, MAPS PREPARED BY THE E-P-A SHOW THAT IT COULD EXPAND THEIR JURISDICTION FROM THREE-AND-A-HALF-MILLION MILES OF RIVERS AND STREAMS, TO WELL OVER EIGHT-MILLION.  THE PROPOSAL IS REALLY AN ATTEMPT TO ADD A LAYER OF CENTRALIZED, FEDERAL CONTROL TO LONGSTANDING, STATE- AND LOCAL-CONTROL OF LAND-USES NEAR WATER.  AND, IF APPROVED, IT WOULD CREATE A MAZE OF NEW RULES AND PENALTIES THAT WOULD SLOW ECONOMIC-GROWTH, AND DETER IMPORTANT COMMUNITY-PROJECTS--WITHOUT ANY REAL BENEFIT TO WATER-QUALITY.  BOTH AGENCIES SHOULD IMMEDIATELY WITHDRAW THIS PROPOSED RULE; IT'S SIMPLY TOO FLAWED TO REPAIR."



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