Council Submits Comments to EPA on “Waters of the United States”

This fall, a coalition of interests, representing Georgia’s Regulated Communities and Conservation Organizations, met at the Georgia State Capitol before a Joint House and Senate Committee to discuss the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposal of new regulations expanding regulatory jurisdiction over waters throughout the United States.  The proposed rule by the EPA, changes the definition of “Waters of the United States” under the “Clean Water Act” (CWA) and has caused much debate throughout Georgia’s various industries.  The coalition included representatives from the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Farm Bureau, Georgia Municipal Association, and Georgia Department of Agriculture.

We are very concerned that the proposed rule would modify existing regulations; therefore encumbering the rights of the development community.  The coalition expressed these concerns and the consequences the proposal will have for Georgia.

To view the comments the Council submitted to the EPA, click HERE.

To view a background of the situation put together by the Georgia Farm Bureau, click HERE.