TAG: Clean Water Act

UPDATE: Senate fails to override Obama veto

January 26, 2016By

UPDATE: A Senate vote to override a veto from President Obama fell short Jan. 21. Obama previously vetoed a resolution that would have overturned the Clean Water Rule, the Hill reports. The 52-40 vote was short of the 60 votes needed for the cloture to move on to the House and ends a GOP push to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Water Rule.... read more

Federal court blocks Clean Water Rule

October 13, 2015By

A federal appeals court temporarily blocked a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regulation that would bring more waterways and wetlands under federal protection, the Wall Street Journal reported. With a 2-1 rule, the Cincinnati-based Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay on the Clean Water Rule or “Waters of the United States” rule, which... read more

5 Questions with… EPA’s Ken Kopocis on new clean water regs

June 4, 2015By

Late last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule. It was more than a year in the making, and there has been much talk among members of the landscape industry and its trade organizations about how certain provisions could affect landscape and lawn care operators. LM posed some of those concerns... read more

Government Affairs: New WOTUS regs: Should you be worried?

June 3, 2015By

On May 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army said they are publishing final, new controversial regulations that define the term “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). This move follows more than a year of acrimonious debate since the EPA and Army first published these new rules as a draft... read more

Issue Brief: Should you need a permit to plant a tree?

November 5, 2014By

If the proposed revision to the definition of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) were enacted, landscape professionals and homeowners might need to get a permit to plant trees or shrubs on their own property or on a client’s property.The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed revision to the WOTUS, up for public comment until... read more

EPA extends ‘Waters of the U.S.’ public comment to Nov. 14

October 8, 2014By

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended the public comment period on “Waters of the U.S.,” a proposed regulation under the Clean Water Act (CWA), until Nov. 14. This marks the second time the EPA has extended the comment period, with it originally set to end July 21 but being extended Oct. 20. During the extended public comment time, the... read more