clean water act

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is one of only three Democrats who have signed onto a bill that would scrap a new rule governing the Clean Water Act. Republicans have assailed the so-called “Waters of the United States” rule as Obama administration “regulatory overreach,” a quickly emerging theme for GOP campaigns in next year’s elections.

Skepticism surrounds new Clean Water Act proposal

Oct 2, 2014
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The Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Army Corps of Engineers released a draft proposal aimed to strengthen the protection for clean water. The draft proposal released back in March states the goal of the proposed rule is to clarify the Clean Water Act of 1972 and benefit agriculture.

However, many farmers and groups are skeptical about the proposed rule. The rule would expand federal authority over “waters of the United States.”

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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is looking for public input on its list of impaired bodies of water. 

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Later, we check in with a revised Environmental Protection Agency standard that could help some wastewater treatment facilities struggling to comply with part of the Clean Water Act’s deadline.