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Clean Water Rule Delay Draws Lawsuit From States (1)

Feb. 6, 2018, 7:32 PMUpdated: Feb. 6, 2018, 9:35 PM

Nearly a dozen states sued the Trump administration for suspending a 2015 regulation that was billed as a long-overdue update to the definition of lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands under federal law.

The attorneys general from 10 states and the District of Columbia accused the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of violating federal law by delaying the Obama administration’s “Clean Water Rule” for two years, according to a complaint filed Feb. 6 in federal court in Manhattan.

“The Trump Administration’s suspension of the Clean Water Rule is clearly illegal, threatening New York’s decades-long efforts to...

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