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Press Release
May 27, 2015

OWRB Executive Director's Statement on EPA's "Waters of the U.S." Rule Announcement

J.D. Strong, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB), released the following statement on today's announcement of the Environmental Protection Agency's clean water rule:

My biggest concern initially is that the final rule effectively cuts off states as co-regulators and ends warranted debate on myriad practical and scientific concerns we have with the proposed definition of WOTUS. Unfortunately, the absence of productive consultation with State regulators likely means we have a final rule that will be difficult, if not impossible, to implement. If the final rule and its forthcoming implementation dont make the already fuzzy line of Federal jurisdiction more clear, then we can expect an onslaught of litigation and confusion that does nothing to protect our waters."

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