Small Business Advocate Questions Whether Final EPA “Waters’ Rule” will Make Permitting “Less costly, easier, and faster” for Small Business

By at 27 May, 2015, 12:31 pm

Will the EPA's new and expanded 'waters' rule" lead to permitting that is "less costly,

Will the EPA’s new and expanded ‘waters’ rule’ lead to permitting that is “less costly, easier, and faster” for small businesses?  SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan said she is not confident about this EPA claim.

Washington, D.C. – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its controversial “waters rule” (WOTUS) today despite widespread opposition from the small business community, and state and local government officials. Bipartisan concern has also been expressed in the Congress, including legislation that passed the U.S. House on May 12, requiring the EPA to withdraw the proposed rule.  Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan issued the following statement in response to the EPA’s action to make the WOTUS rule final:

“The EPA claims its intent with WOTUS is to clarify the Clean Water Act, but in reality the agency appears to have upended the collaborative relationship between the federal government and the states and imposed its control over significant bodies of water – and the land attached to that water.  EPA officials claim they took the concerns of small business and industry into account, but the agency’s unusual and aggressive campaign to mobilize support for the proposed rule undercuts claims they acted objectively or fairly. We are still reviewing the final rule to determine the extent of EPA’s changes and whether the agency’s expanded control will create new costs and red tape for small businesses. The EPA says the new rule will lead to a permitting process that is ‘less costly, easier, and faster for businesses and industry.’  We’ve heard these promises from the federal government before. We are not confident these EPA promises will materialize.”

See SBE Council’s, Waters Rule Adds to Flood of Regulation: EPA’s Latest Overreach and Waters of the U.S. Regulation Leaves Small Businesses in a Lurch.

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