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Waters of the United States

The EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a new proposed “Waters of the United States” definitional rule, consistent with the February 2017 executive order 13778, “Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule.”



Federal Outreach

NCSL sent a joint letter to the EPA urging it to reject any changes to agency rules, guidance, and/or policy that may diminish, impair, or subordinate states’ well-established sovereign and statutory authorities to protect water quality within their boundaries as it considers regulatory action related to the Clean Water Act Section 401.

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Economies of Shale

Hydraulic fracturing has unlocked huge amounts of oil and gas, helping boost state economies even as it generates environmental and public health concerns. Read how the rapid spread of "fracking" has generated drawn the attention of state legislators and their constituents.


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The Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee assembles a monthly update of news stories from the federal administration and Congress on environmental issues.