On September 9, the House of Representatives approved HR 5078,
the "Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of
2014.”" The measure prevents the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
from further "developing, finalizing, adopting, implementing, applying,
administering, or enforcing" the proposed Waters of the US Rule that
would dramatically expand federal jurisdiction over waters and wet areas
in the US, including most bodies of water on golf courses.
bill will now face consideration in the divided Senate. However, given
the Senate’s fall schedule, it is unlikely to be considered until after
the November 4 election.
In a memo to the House from the White House Office of Management and Budget, senior advisors opposed the passage of HR 5078 and indicated that the President would most likely veto the measure.
Meanwhile, the EPA’s public comment period on the proposed remains open until October 20. Please submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0880.