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Indiana Seeks Changes to 2015 Waters of the US Bill

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Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has joined 24 other states in support of editing and amending the 2015 Waters of the United States bill.

The bill is an effort by the Environmental Protection Agency designed to help protect and better manage American waterways.

The Waters of the US bill added language to the 1972 Clean Water Act that helped specify and narrow what waterways have the right to federal protections.

According to a press release from the Attorney General’s office, the bill is a “job-killing law that restricts state’s rights to govern their own waterways.”

In a letter to the EPA, the coalition of 24 Republican states encouraged the agency to eliminate the Waters of the US bill and return to the original guidelines of the Clean Water Act until “more concise language can be adopted.”

The letter came shortly before President Donald Trump nominated Andrew Wheeler, a former lobbyist for the coal industry, to be the Deputy Administrator of the EPA.

The Attorney Genera’s office declined to comment on this story.

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