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ruled Monday that cases litigating the Clean Water Act should be heard by
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The administration had argued those cases should be heard in federal


Trump expected to appeals courts.
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regulation, known as the Waters of the United States rule, back in January
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Dozens of parties had iled lawsuits over the regulation in both federal
appeals courts and district courts.
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appealed to the Supreme Court.

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VIEW ALL “Today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision provides much needed
clarity and a irms our longstanding position that the Clean Water Act
empowers the federal district courts, not the courts of appeals, to initially
review legal challenges to the Waters of the U.S. Rule,” NMA President and
CEO Hal Quinn said in a joint statement Monday.

“This win, coupled with the administration's actions in proposing to repeal


the rule and seek input on how to properly de ine ‘waters of the U.S.,’ puts
us one step closer to addressing this deeply problematic rule and the
confusion it has created.”
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The case, National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of


Defense, did not concern the merits of the 2015 Obama-era rule, under
which the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers asserted jurisdiction over
small waterways like ponds and streams.

NY lawmaker pushes to The regulation aimed to clarify which wetlands and streams were to be
remove Trump's name… given automatic protection under the law.

However, the lawsuits are nearly moot. In June 2017, the EPA took the irst
formal step to uphold President Trump's campaign promise to repeal and
replace the 2015 regulation.
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The proposal said federal o icials would go back to enforcing a guidance
Twitter account of ex- document from 2008 when deciding whether a waterway is subject to
sheriff David Clarke… federal oversight for pollution control purposes.

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