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WV Attorney General releases statement on new water rule from the EPA

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CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued the following statement today on the final rule released today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act.

“I am extremely disappointed with the rule. I firmly believe that the states, not the federal government, are charged with protecting intrastate waters and land. The final rule subjects isolated West Virginia waters, such as ponds and drainage ditches, to oversight by federal bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., even if those waterways are connected to interstate navigable waters once every 100 years. This rule will harm West Virginia farmers and landowners, who will be forced to get expensive permits from federal bureaucrats before using their own lands.

“The rule is unlawful and yet another example of federal overreach. The EPA and the Corps are trying to usurp the states' role in monitoring and protecting local waterways and lands. My office will take prompt and forceful action to fight against this unlawful rule.”

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