EPA issues final Clean Water Rule, but Sixth Circuit stays rule pending further determination

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2016 EPA Water Law

EPA issues final Clean Water Rule, but Sixth Circuit stays rule pending further determination

In the spring of 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“USACE”) released the final Clean Water Rule in order “to clearly protect from pollution and degredation the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources.”  According to the EPA’s news release: The rule ensures that waters protected under the Clean Water Act are more precisely defined and predictably determined, making permitting less costly, easier, and faster for businesses and