The Incoming Trump Administration and the Stayed Clean Water Rule

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What’s the future of the stayed Clean Water Rule under the incoming Trump administration?

President-elect Donald Trump is calling for the elimination of the rule, also known as the waters of the U.S. rule. The regulation clarifies which waters and wetlands fall under protection of the Clean Water Act and was issued by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.     

It has faced several legal challenges, and now the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reviewing the rule, which it stayed last October. 

Bloomberg BNA reporter Amena Saiyid spoke with environmental attorneys about what options are available to the Trump administration if it decides not to defend the rule in the nearly dozen lawsuits filed in federal appeals and district courts.

You can read her findings in Water Rule Rewrite by Trump Would Moot Lawsuits: Attorneys.