WGA-led coalition urges EPA to preserve states’ authority under Clean Water Act Section 401

The Western Governors’ Association and nine other leading associations of state officials have urged the EPA Office of Water to reject any changes to agency rules, guidance, or policy that would diminish, impair, or subordinate states’ authority under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act. 

 “States have responsibly executed their federally-delegated duties under Section 401 since the CWA’s enactment over 45 years ago,” said James Ogsbury, WGA Executive Director. “The best way for Congress and the Administration to improve regulatory efficiency is to engage with states – through Governors – in early, ongoing and meaningful consultation."

Signatories of the Dec. 3, 2018 letter to Assistant Administrator David Ross include: National Conference of State Legislatures; Association of Clean Water Administrators; Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies; Association of State Wetland Managers; Conference of Western Attorneys General; Council of State Governments; Council of State Governments – West; Western Interstate Energy Board; and Western States Water Council.

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