Congress is considering legislation that would stop EPA’s Proposed Jurisdictional Rule that would assert Clean Water Act jurisdiction over many previously unregulated areas. H.R. 5078 will be voted on in the House Sept. 8. NSSGA needs your help; please contact your member of Congress today to urge a “yes” vote by clicking here. <
The proposed rule would place features such as dry streambeds, ditches, floodplains and other occasionally or seasonally wet areas under federal jurisdiction. Because aggregates are formed in water and are often located in areas such as floodplains, this rule will make opening a new aggregates operation very difficult or even impossible.
Congress continues to oppose this expansion, including a letter last week from the House Science Committee Chairman accusing EPA of withholding maps showing the extensive impact of the proposed rule. Meanwhile, EPA’s Science Advisory Board continues to deliberate the science bolstering the rule, including suggesting EPA expand the proposed jurisdiction even further to include groundwater.