In a blogpost yesterday, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy announced that their offices had sent a draft final version of what's been called the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule to the Office of Management and Budget on April 3. The controversial rule, which the EPA and the U.S. Arny Corps of Engineers have attempted to rebrand as the "Clean Water Rule," will now undergo an interagency review before becoming final.
While refusing to speak of "every detail" since "it's not final yet," McCarthy and Darcy made some general comments about the "spirit" of the proposed final version of the rule:
While stating that only "broad" points about the final rule can be shared, McCarthy and Darcy promised that the public will see that the agencies listened to the many public comments and made changes to the proposed rule based upon the input. These changes, the blogpost said, are "consistent with the law and the science."
Specifically, McCarthy and Darcy highighted these areas of emphasis:
It is unclear exactly how long the interagency review will take. McCarthy and Darcy state in the blog that the agencies are finalizing the rule "later this spring." We will keep you posted and bring you our analysis of the final version when it is unveiled.
For more information on this important rule, read our analysis of the proposed rule when it was released last year at this time,
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