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Economic analysis could undermine Trump rule repeal

Ariel Wittenberg – E&E News – October 30, 2019
When the Trump administration finalized its repeal of the Obama-era Clean Water Rule last month, it also quietly updated an economic analysis of the repeal’s costs and benefits. The 195-page final analysis is nearly 10 times longer than the one that accompanied the Trump administration’s initial proposal in 2017 to repeal the rule and estimates different costs and benefits of repealing the regulation, which clarified which wetlands and waterways are protected by the Clean Water Act. The updated analysis — which the public did not have the chance to comment on — could leave the repeal vulnerable to legal challenges, experts say. Read full story here.

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