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FEATURING JENNIFER CHAVEZ – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week announced a gutting of protections for wetlands and waterways in the Clean Water Act. The proposal redefines what are considered the “Waters of the United States,” (WOTUS), and offers cover to private property owners who had previously been unable to use pesticides near water.

The Farm Bureau – an agribusiness trade group – lauded the decision. Here is acting EPA Head Andrew Wheeler on Tuesday announcing the rule change.

That’s acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler announcing a major rule change defining the waters of the United States. There will be a public comment period before it becomes implemented. Environmental groups denounced the proposal.

File your comments at www.regulations.gov.

Jennifer C. Chavez, Staff Attorney with Earthjustice.

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