Mar 01 2017
The president's move marked the first step toward fulfilling his pledge on the campaign trail to roll back Obama-era regulations, which include a 2015 rule created to curb the flow of pollution into major bodies of water, wetlands and ponds by expanding the requirement of permits to pursue any actions that might cause them harm.
U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy today cheered President Donald Trump's signing of an executive order requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to review and amend an Obama-era environmental rule known as the "Waters of the U.S." rule, which critics say gave the federal government too much power to regulate the nation's waterways. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the US rule. Actually taking the rule off the books could take months or years. Those rulings brought into question whether the federal government had authority to regulate the more than 60 percent of US streams and headwaters that don't flow year round, as well as other water sources like wetlands.
Supporters of the Clean Water rule, like Kelly, say the law was instituted to protect drinking water and to advance the national goal of making all water In the United States "fishable, swimmable and drinkable". It includes streams, wetlands and other smaller waterways that collectively provide drinking water for an estimated 117 million people - one in three Americans, according to the EPA.
WOTUS, which was finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2015 to clarify which bodies of water are covered by the Clean Water Act, has been a concern for agriculture since its passage because it broadened what bodies of water fell under EPA jurisdiction.
The rule has been tied up in courts, however, with some 31 states, businesses and agricultural groups characterizing it as federal government overreach that would cripple industry.
The move is the first of several environmental directives expected from the Trump administration in coming days.
Lawyers and policymakers agree that any proposed rule that the agencies issue would face opposition and would probably be subject to legal challenges, Miano said.
The rule "is grounded in science and the law so that our streams and wetlands can keep us healthy and safe, provide habitat for fish and wildlife, and lovely places to recreate", Knodel said.
Accounting for about three-fifths of all American waterways, the rule granted the EPA authority over a broad swath of the USA rivers, lakes, and ponds, and limited how many of those were eligible for individual case-by-case analyses.
Trump said the law meant that regulators had jurisdiction over puddles and ditches, but activists say this wasn't allowed under the rule.
Feb 28 2017
SpaceX announces plans to send two people around the moon in 2018
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Feb 27 2017
The People's Court Judge Joseph Wapner Dead at 97
In 1993, the show's producers announced that Wapner would not be returning and The People's Court went on hiatus for four years. On the program, Wapner became a valuable source of education on the legal process through a non-traditional medium.
Feb 27 2017
NASA to put astronauts on deep space test flight, says report
The space agency's human exploration chief said today that his boss and the Trump administration asked for the feasibility study. NASA is investigating hardware changes associated with the system that will be needed if crew are to be added to EM-1.
Feb 27 2017
Ibrahimovic scores Man Utd's victor in League Cup final
That may spell bad news for Wayne Rooney, who is back in full training after a three-week absence with a hamstring injury. Is Juan Mata the Premier League's most underrated player? "We were playing and travelling". "I came, that's special".
Feb 25 2017
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe turns 93 with lavish birthday party
In the interview with state media, Mugabe also described his wife Grace, an increasingly political figure, as "fireworks" because of her feisty remarks in his defense.
Feb 24 2017
Giraffe LIVE webcam back on Youtube after being taken down
April is a 15-year old lady and a resident of Animal Adventure Park in Harpursvile, New York. 'We are all on the same team. "This is the ideal example of why we can't have nice things", said Jordan Patch, owner Animal Adventure Park in NY .
Feb 23 2017
When will Martin Scorsese's The Irishman be on Netflix?
The film was previously set up at Paramount, but Netflix jumped on the project after Paramount's CEO Brad Grey stepped down. An exact release date has not been announced yet, but the movie is expected to start production later this year.
Feb 21 2017
Dustin Johnson takes over golf's number one ranking after win
Johnson also finished tied for seventh at the 2015 PGA Championship, which was also held at Whistling Straits. Johnson leads by one over Pat Perez and Cameron Tringale with Jhonattan Vegas, Patrick Rodgers and J.T.
Feb 21 2017
Protests as British MPs clash on Trump visit
Journalist and anti-Trump activist Owen Jones predicted that it could draw the "biggest protest in British history", The Independent reports .
Feb 19 2017
Council clears draft law for compensating states' loss
It is essential that enabling laws for GST are passed in second half of Budget Session to ensure its rollout from July 1. A sub-committee of the GST Council's made up of central and state officials had discussed the draft of Friday.
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