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EPA and USACE Extend Comment Period on Draft “Waters of the U.S.” Guidance

EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have extended the public comment period for the draft guidance on Identifying Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act for 30 days until July 31, 2011. This extension was granted in response to requests from state and local officials, as well as other stakeholders.  This change in the public comment period will not impact the schedule for finalizing the guidance or alter the intent to proceed with a rulemaking.  Public input received will be carefully considered as the agencies make final decisions regarding the guidance.  These comments will also be very helpful as the agencies prepare a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

For more information, visit the web site at:  http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/wetlands/CWAwaters.cfm.