Scott Pruitt confirmation hearing for EPA administrator on Jan. 18, 2017 Aaron P. Bernstein/Stringer/Getty Images
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt testifies before the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works during his Jan. 18, 2017, confirmation hearing to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA reaches out to governors on WOTUS rule rewrite

Administrator Pruitt seeks insight on how new definition of protected waters corresponds with former Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s opinion.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sent a letter to governors Tuesday soliciting input from states on a new definition of protected waters that is in line with a Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s opinion in the 2006 case Rapanos vs. United States. Scalia’s definition explains that federal oversight should extend to “relatively permanent” waters and wetlands with a “continuous surface connection” to

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