HURRICANE PREPARATIONS INFORMATION

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Update-Waters of the US Rules

UPDATE-US HOUSE APPROVES BILL TO STOP WATERS
OF THE US RULE EXPANSION!

CLICK HERE for detailed information.


New EPA Regulations on the "Waters of the US": The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jointly released a proposed rule to clarify the definition of the term "Waters of the US" under the clean Water Act for Streams and Wetlands (see information from the EPA at  http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/wetlands/CWAwaters.cfm. 

CLICK HERE to view a summary of the proposed EPA regulatory changes under the Clean Water Act 40 CFR 230.3

The Business Alliance for a Sound Economy (BASE) states that:
-The rule only has to do with the decision of WHAT is to be regulated. It does not deal with the permit process (HOW)
-The contributory nexus of riparian areas and ephemeral flow areas to tradition Waters is the BIGGEST EXPANSION OF EPA REGULATORY JURISDICTION SINCE THE CWA WAS SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON.
-The Draft EPA Report neglects fiscal impacts
-The economic impact of the Rule will be profound, and felt by all sectors of the economy.

In addition to the profound impact on landowners and agriculture, local governments and their tax base will be affected, and transportation and infrastructure projects could be hampered.

CLICK HERE to view a presentation by NC BASE explaining the proposed rule and the negative effects it could have in our community as well as across the United States.

 Please visit their web site at www.base.org for more details on the proposed rule and what you can do to prevent this rule from becoming law.