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Hearing to Focus on Impacts of an Expansion of Federal Jurisdiction under Clean Water Act

Washington, DC, Jun 5 | Jim Billimoria, Justin Harclerode (202) 225-9446 | comments
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Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-OH) will lead a hearing next week to examine the potential impacts of a United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) proposed joint rulemaking to change the scope of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.

Following strong bipartisan opposition to legislation in the 110th and 111th Congresses, and to EPA’s and the Corps’ recent attempts to finalize agency guidance that would have redefined the scope of Clean Water Act jurisdiction, the Administration directed the agencies to proceed with a rulemaking to achieve the same goal.  This hearing will focus on the potential impacts of such a change in federal authority.

The hearing, entitled “Potential Impacts of Proposed Changes to the Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Rule,” is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building.

Witnesses:

Panel I

  • The Honorable Robert W. Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • The Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army, for Civil Works
  • Panel II

  • J. D. Strong, Executive Director, Oklahoma Water Resources Board; on behalf of the Western Governors Association and Western States Water Council
  • Mark Pifher, Manager, Southern Delivery System, Colorado Springs Utilities; on behalf of the National Water Resources Association and Western Urban Water Coalition
  • Dusty Williams, General Manager/Chief Engineer, Riverside County, California Flood Control & Water Conservation District; on behalf of the National Association of Counties and the National Association of Flood & Stormwater Management Agencies
  • Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation
  • Kevin Kelly, President, Leon N. Weiner & Associates, Inc.; 2014 Chairman of the Board, National Association of Home Builders
  • Eric Henry, President, TS Designs, on behalf of the American Sustainable Business Council
  • 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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