WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 12, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. House of Representatives today passed an amendment by Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) giving Michigan and other states greater flexibility when it comes to complying with rules set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning the protection of water resources, including the Great Lakes.
As permissible under the Clean Water Act (CWA), Michigan already runs its own successful permitting program to control pollutants discharged into its waterways. The scope and structure of approved state programs is determined by the CWA’s definition of ‘waters of the U.S.’ The EPAhas announced a new proposed rule of what constitutes ‘waters of the U.S.,’ with expected final adoption in June. The new rule would trigger a review of all state programs, including Michigan’s, to ensure that they are compliant with new EPA regulations.
Congressman Kildee’s amendment would give states like Michigan at least two years to comply with new EPA rules, ensuring they have ample time to become compliant with federal law. His amendment has strong bipartisan support in Congress, as well as support from the agriculture, environmental and conservation communities.
“My amendment cuts red tape and gives Michigan greater flexibility when it comes to meeting federal EPA regulations,” Congressman Kildee said. “Michigan already has a successful state-run program to protect our waterways from pollution. As Michiganders, we know our land the best. I’m proud to have the support of both Republicans and Democrats on this important effort, as well as from the agriculture and conservation communities. In Congress, I’ll continue working across the aisle to protect Michigan’s water resources.