Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Wetlands Permitting Expansion Bill
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Wednesday conducted a legislative hearing on S. 1870, the Clean Water Restoration Act of 2007, a bill that would expand the federal jurisdictional reach of the Clean Water Act.
If enacted, construction activities impacting virtually all wet areas in the United States, however remote or intermittent, would be required to obtain and comply with federal Clean Water Act permits, including, but not limited to, section 404 wetlands permits. AGC submitted a written statement for the hearing record detailing concerns with the bill.
S. 1870 was introduced by Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) and is a companion bill to H.R. 2421 introduced in the House by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.). Proponents of the legislation contend that the bill “restores” federal Clean Water Act jurisdiction prior to decisions in two Supreme Court cases over the last decade. However, AGC and a coalition of agricultural, development, energy, and local government stakeholders believe that the bill expands federal jurisdiction beyond what Congress intended in the Clean Water Act.
While AGC and the Waters Advocacy Coalition has been successful in stalling further consideration of the bill in both the House and the Senate, champions of the bill may attempt to move the bill in the upcoming weeks. AGC urges members to contact their members of Congress in opposition to the bill. To contact your members directly from AGC’s Legislative Action Center, click here.
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