WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 3, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Thirty-one attorneys general from states nationwide have united in sending a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). They are seeking a delay in the implementation of the controversial “Waters of the U.S.” final rule published on June 29. The rule would significantly increase the permitting requirements, and associated costs, for property owners and developers without necessarily resulting in improved water quality.
This action by the attorneys general comes on the heels of revelations regarding the development of the rule. Corps’ internal memos released this week revealed significant concern on the direction that EPA was taking in the preparation of the rule.
The letter is just the latest in a series of objections that have been raised to the rule. Some 30 states have also filed suit in the matter alleging, among other issues, the lack of consultation with state authorities on the rule.