A joint hearing between the Senate Environment and Public Works and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committees on a proposed rule by the EPA to restore Clean Water Act protections, that would be detrimental to many aspects and areas of the development industry, was held Wednesday, February 4th, in Congress, with newly appointed Transportation Committee Member, Georgia Congressman Rob Woodall, representing Georgians with concerns on the impact of the proposed rule.
The Council for Quality Growth shared our concerns with Congressman Woodall, which he references at the 2:35:14 mark of the video, with a specific reference to the Council for Quality Growth at the 2:38:22 mark. We would like to thank Congressman Woodall for addressing the concerns of the Council and the broad spectrum of industry interests.
Click HERE to view the video.
To view the Proposed Rule, click HERE
Last 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.