House-Senate Joint Hearing on State & Local Impacts of Administration’s Proposed Expansion of Waters Regulation
The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, chaired by U.S. Rep, Bill Shuster (R-PA), and the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, chaired by U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), will hold a joint hearing next week to examine the impacts on state and local governments of a proposed rule to expand federal regulation of waters under the Clean Water Act.
Last April, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers issued a proposed “Waters of the United States” rule that would broaden the scope of the Clean Water Act and alter a long-standing federal-state partnership to regulate waters. Next week’s hearing will examine the potential impacts of the proposed rule on state and local governments, many of whom have expressed concerns that they and other stakeholders were not consulted with during the rule’s development.
This bicameral hearing, entitled “Impacts of the Proposed Waters of the United States Rule on State and Local Governments,” is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, in HVC 210 (House Visitors Center of the U.S. Capitol). The hearing will also be streamed live here.
More information about the hearing, including testimony, additional background information, and live webcast, will be posted here as it becomes available.
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