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Wetlander's Pick of the Posts Mr. Clean Water Act’ faces his biggest challenge

By Jeremy P. Jacobs and Annie Snider – E&E Publishing, LLC – September 30, 2015
Veteran Justice Department attorney Steve Samuels’ license plate made him a celebrity among environmentalists everywhere he drove. “CWA 404.” The District of Columbia plate refers to Clean Water Act Section 404, the law’s primary wetlands provision. In his 30 years at DOJ, Samuels has become the government’s most recognizable expert on the law — though he concedes no layperson ever asked about his license plate. Now Samuels faces his greatest challenge: defending the Obama administration’s controversial Waters of the U.S. rule, or WOTUS, which defines which wetlands, marshes, bogs, ponds and streams qualify for Clean Water Act protections. The rule took effect at the end of August, and 31 states, countless industry groups and even a few environmental nonprofits are now challenging it in courts across the country. For full story, click here.


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