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November 10, 2014 | by  

MSCI And National Association Of Manufacturers Ask Members To Comment On EPA Waters Rule

 

As Connecting the Dots has noted previously, Americans have until Nov. 14 to comment on a draft U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that would redefine which bodies of water are protected under the 1972 Clean Water Act. 

In the final days before the deadline, MSCI is calling on members to use this National Association of Manufacturers website to send a letter to the EPA saying that you oppose this rule. 

As a reminder, the EPA proposal would allow the agency and the Army Corps of Engineers “to decide on a case-by-case basis whether to regulate wetlands and other waters that are not directly connected to running streams and rivers but have ‘a significant nexus to a traditional navigable water, interstate water, or the territorial seas.’” This provision would increase uncertainty among private landowners because it would give the EPA more control over private lands. (The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology this summer released EPA maps for every state outlining the waters that could be affected.) 

Interested parties can also comment on this rule by visiting the EPA website or using this for from the American Farm Bureau Foundation. To learn more about this rule, please read this letter from U.S. senators opposed to the rule.