Category: Environment

  • LEGISLATION STOPPING WOTUS RULE PASSES T&I COMMITTEE ON BIPARTISAN VOTE

    The Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, introduced by Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and Water Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, passed out of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee today on a bipartisan vote of 36 to 22. An amendment to H.R.1732 from Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., that passed unanimously, emphasizes the state’s primary…

    Posted 4/16/15 at 2:59 PM

  • BILL REQUIRING WOTUS WITHDRAWAL UNVEILED BY HOUSE T&I COMMITTEE

    The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has unveiled legislative language designed to protect U.S. waters from federal overreach.  It is in response to the recent announcement that EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers had sent the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review before the…

    Posted 4/13/15 at 4:00 PM

  • WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE SENT TO OMB

    The Waters of the United States rule has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. This is the last step before the rule is finalized. OMB has the ability to approve the rule as is or ask the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make changes before resubmission. Typically OMB reviews…

    Posted 4/6/15 at 4:26 PM

  • NSSGA AIRS CONCERNS AT FLOODPLAIN LISTENING SESSION

    NSSGA Environmental Director Emily Coyner voiced member concerns at a federal listening session March 24 in Fairfax, Va.,  on Executive Order 13690 establishing a Flood Risk Management Standard.  Coyner told the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal agencies that NSSGA members are concerned that the EO is so broadly written that it is unclear…

    Posted 3/25/15 at 10:32 AM

  • AMENDMENT TO LIMIT THE EPA WOTUS RULE PROPOSED IN SENATE

    Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., offered an amendment to the Senate budget resolution March 23 that would limit Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction, and exclude groundwater, stormwater and stormwater systems, irrigation systems, wastewater systems, isolated ponds, ditches and puddles. The amendment targets the proposed rule on Waters of the United States (WOTUS) originating from the Environmental…

    Posted 3/24/15 at 12:26 PM

  • SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF REGULATORS

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled March 9 that federal agencies can revise interpretations of their own ambiguous regulations and do not have to follow the public notice and comment procedures that are in place for implementing new rules. The unanimous 9-0 ruling in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association is seen as a major victory for…

    Posted 3/11/15 at 12:51 PM

  • EPA to TWEAK, NOT WITHDRAW, WATERS RULE

    EPA’s Administrator Gina McCarthy reiterated at a Feb. 26 House Appropriations hearing that the agency intends to release an altered Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule this spring.  She confirmed that the final rule will differ significantly from the original draft. McCarthy had hinted at the changes during a joint House-Senate hearing Feb. 4. She…

    Posted 3/3/15 at 1:39 PM

  • FLOODPLAIN EXECUTIVE ORDER COULD FURTHER MUDDY WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE

    President Obama signed Executive Order 13690 Jan. 30, which updates a 1977 EO that required federal agencies to do what they can to preserve the nation’s floodplains – areas subject to a 1 percent chance or greater of flooding in any given year (100-year floodplain) – and limit their development and activities in floodplains where…

    Posted 3/3/15 at 10:03 AM

  • EPW HIGHWAYS HEARING AIMS FOR OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY PERSPECTIVE

    The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing Feb. 25 on surface transportation reauthorization with a focus on obtaining an “outside the Beltway” perspective. During the course of the hearing, Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and ranking member Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., pushed congressional financing committees to finding the funding needed for a long-term bill….

    Posted 2/27/15 at 6:15 PM

  • CONGRESS INTRODUCES LEGISLATION ON EPA SCIENTIFIC TRANSPARENCY

    House Science Committee Chair Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., introduced the Secret Science Reform Act, a bill that prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from “proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based on science that is not transparent or reproducible.” The measure is similar to bipartisan House legislation passed in the…

    Posted 2/25/15 at 12:45 PM