WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Senior Vice President for the Environment, Technology and Regulatory Affairs, William Kovacs, issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rulemaking on the “Definition of Waters of the United States” unveiled today:
“For decades, the EPA has been attempting to expand its jurisdiction over waters of the U.S., but the Supreme Court has held it in check through key rulings. This latest attempt from EPA to make virtually every river, stream, and creek in the U.S. subject to the authority of the Clean Water Act would put the agency effectively in charge of zoning the entire country. This proposed definition would more than double the miles of waterway EPA regulates, which would have serious economic repercussions. The U.S. Chamber will vigorously oppose this flawed proposal.”
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.