The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army will host almost a dozen public meetings from September through Thanksgiving to vet the controversial Waters of the U.S. rule that greatly expanded the EPA’s clean water jurisdiction under the Obama administration. “EPA is committed to an open and transparent process for reviewing the definition of ‘waters of the United States,'” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. The rule, sometimes called the “puddle” rule, expanded the definition of waterways to include small streams and even ditches, greatly increasing EPA’s jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act to cover private land owners such as farmers and ranchers. The rule also makes it more difficult for developers, miners and oil and natural gas drillers to operate.
Source: Washington Examiner